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Vanessa Richmond, Editor
When you think how old Ideal Home is (nearly 100), it’s surprising that it hasn’t had its own range of homeware for years already. But, we’ve finally got there! We’ve spent months secretly working on it with the super-talented design team at Very.co.uk and this month is the grand unveiling. We’ve stuck to Ideal Home’s perennial style themes: country; retro-modern; Scandi; hotel chic and grown-up glamour – the ‘permatrends’ that evolve from year to year. My tip: the upholstery is the star of the show (I’ve sat on it…) – beautifully made by craftsmen in Lancashire and designed to become part of the family for years. Turn to pages 18 and 78 to see more…
WHERE TO BUY Zinc accent armchair, £349; Eyelash mirror, £149; glass side table from nest of two, £99; Greenwich table lamp, £59; rug, £149; all Ideal Home range, Very.co.uk OCTOBER 2017
What’s new 11 You deserve...
...A luxurious bed
12 How to add wow!
Fabulous finishing touches
15 Need to know
What’s hot this month
18 Refined rustic
Timeless pieces from the Ideal Home range at Very
23 The shortlist
78 Simple Scandi
Retro style from the Ideal Home range at Very
68 ‘We gave this place a bright, joined-up look’
96 ‘This style works in any type of house’
Style & décor
114 ‘We squeezed so much into our new loft room’
122 ‘We had to think big to make it work’
128 ‘It’s a welcoming and friendly
39 Style hero
134 ‘We wanted a different look,
Modern neutral living room Meet Tesco Head of Design Steven Rowe
42 The new way to do Heritage style
61 Colours we love Dusty purple
83 40 easy style updates
Clever tricks and smart buys
168 Restyle your space with
48 ‘We’ve developed a relaxed,
194 Beautiful possibilities
Before & after
36 Make it work for you
26 ‘You don’t need lots of money to get a high-end look’
so we designed our own’
140 ‘A small bathroom can still pack a punch’
146 ‘Blocking up a door made this room work’
154 ‘The garden feels like part of our home now’
159 ‘We opened up this tiny cottage’
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To ﬁnd all the stockists in this issue, turn to page 192
164 October’s genius
152 Ideal Home travel offers –
167 Clean it quicker
176 Food with friends
take advantage of these special discounts at hotels around the UK
problem solvers Keep your home running smoothly
Serve up a fish supper guaranteed to please the crowd
The living room
169 Store & organise
Make sure your hallway makes a good first impression
171 Tech support
Find out how to keep your kids safe online
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You deserve… a luxurious bed Winter is coming! Time to get your bedroom ready for some hardcore sleeping in, early nights and super-cosy box set bingeing with a bed that’s fit for a diva…
FEATURE HOLLY WALSH
Cream embroidered fur cushion; grey embroidered fur cushion, £29.50 each; grey embroidered fur throw, £149; silver diamond quilt cushion, £12; Shibori bedlinen, from £25 for a single set; feather print cushion, £25; watercolour lines print cushion, £19.50; sparkle cushion, £35; Darcy bed, £649; Dalton sideboard, £549; dappled glass vase, £19.50; Bree pendant, £49.50; hydrangea ﬂoral wall art, £25; all Marks & Spencer.
MARBLED LOOK Watercolour swirl coasters, £26 for four, Mia Fleur
EMBRACE ME Ribbed grey faux fur cushion, £7, George Home
PERK UP A SHELF Marble objets, from £10, Sainsbury’s Home
FAUX-STONE TRIO Selham vases, £53, Mood Collections
SCULPTURAL SUNBURST Maliane mirror, £95, Sweetpea & Willow
SMOKY AND SULTRY Wascoite hurricane lamp, £35, Amara
SOFTLY SEATED Mulberry crushed velvet chaise, £150, The Range
wow! HOW TO ADD
Go on, pick something you love – because every room needs a magic ingredient that takes it from finished to fabulous
WAKE UP WALLS Obsidian wall panel, £225, Anthology range, Style Library
FAIREST OF THEM ALL Interlocking squares mirror art, £120, Out There Interiors
PLUSH PERCH Plaza velvet footstool, £99, Danetti
ADD SPARKLE Cut glass star lantern, £17.50, Marks & Spencer
SMOKIN’ CURVES The Lovers Herringbone tweed chair, £499, Rockett St George
WHAT’S NEW HOTEL CHIC Chrysler duvet cover, from £50; Oxford pillowcases, £30 for two; Chrysler cushion, £24; Delancey cushion, £30; Florence cushion, £26; Bryant throw, £100; all Dunelm
FABULOUS FOCAL POINT Hotel ﬁve light pendant, £250, Där Lighting
LUXURIOUS FINISH Grey bedspread, £35, Tesco Direct
CORAL ART Plaque, £175, Barker & Stonehouse
SLEEK AND SIMPLE Marble effect table, £79, Tesco Direct
LIQUID SILVER Savoy Champagne saucer, £34 for two, LSA International
FEATURE MICHELA COLLING
MANTELPIECE STUNNER Oxidised copper vase, £9.99, Ian Snow EXTRA OPULENCE Bibi rug, £300, Cox & Cox GO FOR GLIMMER Diffuser, £18, Debenhams
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We’ve been shamelessly snooping around the shops, so you don’t miss a single thing that matters... WE KEEP SEEING…
VELVET TUB CHAIRS The place to be when cocktail hour is calling!
COOL CURVES Gallery velvet chair in blush pink, £525, Rockett St George
DECO DELIGHT Half circle armchair, £855, Out There Interiors
We’ve had a baby! (sort of...)
We’re feeling a bit like proud parents here at IH HQ, ’cos we’ve finally achieved our dream of creating a collection of furniture and homeware and it was about nine months in the making! We got together with Very to come up with five themes, based on the timeless looks we love the most. The pieces in each look are collectable, but work with all the other looks, too, so you can mix them up in your own style. See more on pages 18 and 78.
SAINSBURY’S IS THE SPOOKIEST
GO GOLDEN Lyla chair in Mustard matt velvet, £350, Next
We just had to take a moment to appreciate the fine array of creative Hallowe’en party decs available at Sainsbury’s. Everything to make a party go with a boo, from the furry and friendly characters for kids to grown-up ghoulish party pieces… including a seriously creepy raven skeleton. OCTOBER 2017
Duke pendant in gold, £100
YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST!
Until now, Matalan has only dabbled with small-scale LED lighting, but that’s about to change. They’ve nabbed lighting guru Sue Appleton to curate an exciting collection of design led lamps and pendant lights, without the high end price tags.
CLARKE & CLARKE:
SO WORTH THE WAIT With one wallpaper launch a year, the new Clarke & Clarke collections always have us rethinking our walls. Botanica is no exception – designs range from bold, blowsy vintage florals to delicate feathers and botanicals. Hand-marbled paper, precious stone effects and hand-drawn beetles and butterflies have an element of Victorian discoveries. From £39 per roll.
SPLURGE OR SCRIMP ON A HAMMERED SIDE TABLE
SOFT FOCUS Orrico hammered aluminium side table, £130, Habitat
Rossa ﬂoor lamp, £150
SILVER SERVICE Artisan hammered side table, £89, JD Williams
Buy a collector’s item of the future John Lewis’ in-house designers were tasked with capturing the creative spirit of the V&A Museum for a new collaboration, but decided that simply reviving archive prints was a bit old hat. Instead they’ve created a unique 18-piece collection spanning furniture, lighting, accessories and textiles. We love the elegant ceramics influenced by the Japanese collections and the walnut Fitzhenry collector’s display cabinet – the decorative woodwork makes it a showpiece in itself. Every item is bound to become a collector’s item, so get one while you can!
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The Ideal Home Guide to TIMELESS STYLE
START WITH THESE KEY PIECES FROM THE IDEAL HOME COLLECTION AT VERY TO CREATE THE PERFECT COUNTRY LOOK YOU CAN UPDATE EASILY YEAR AFTER YEAR
Squashy pou ffes A portable perch for your feet, a tray, the catâ€¦
PROMOTIONAL FEATURE THE HERO PIECES TRAD SOFA A comfortable and versatile shape in modern grey wool. PLAID ARMCHAIR Team it with any sofa to add a little country pattern. OAK COFFEE TABLE The grey-washed oak-effect finish is hard-wearing. SUPERSIZE LAMP We love the bulb-shaped basket base – it makes a statement without being shouty. JUTE RUG A gorgeous, woven jute with a simple colour border design like this works in any space. SIMPLE SIDE TABLE Ideal in a bedroom, or use in a row under a low window or sloping ceiling.
WHERE TO BUY Wiltshire coffee table, £189; Wiltshire lamp table, £119; Wallis three-seater sofa, £899; Croft chair, £399; Mull cushion, £14.99; cable-knit cushion, £14.99; Alexa throw, £29.99; Henley check throw, £19.99; cotton rope baskets, £22.99 for two; knitted pouffe, £59.99; jute border rug, from £49.99; Parker table lamp, £59.99; all Ideal Home range, Very.
Stick to basics in soft “colours that work together – grey, taupe, duck-egg blue – then have fun with them by switching in colourful, seasonal accessories
NICKY PHILLIPS, DECORATING EDITOR
WHERE TO BUY Hannah four-drawer chest, £149; Duo table lamp, £59.99; Croft bed frame, £399; Secret Garden double duvet set, £35; Roxford ombre throw, £39.99; Mineral Butterfly framed glass with print, £17.99; water hyacinth baskets with hearts, £24.99 for three (two shown); all Ideal Home range, Very.
Block-print bed linen For modern country style at its prettiest
PROMOTIONAL FEATURE RUSTIC FINISH Natural textures keep things cosy
Wiltshire lamp table, £119; Romance table lamp, £29
CLASSIC CLOSET A wardrobe with multiple compartments keeps clothes in order Hannah three-door wardrobe, £299
IDEAL HOME LOVES…
country buys at Very.co.uk
TACTILE TABLE LAMP Hannah table lamp, £29
SIMPLE DINING This compact set is ideal for a small kitchen or dining area Axxon dining table and four chairs, £299
CLASSIC PLAID Mull cushion (43cm sq), £12
STYLING SARITA SHARMA, NICKY PHILLIPS PHOTOGRAPHS DOMINIC BLACKMORE
SOLID STYLE Wiltshire two drawer coffee table, £259
FLOOR SHOW Jute border rug, from £49
TEXTURAL TABLEWARE Porcelain 12 piece dinner set, £34.99 OCTOBER 2017
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THE WASHABLE ONE
The covers can be completely removed for washing, plus the relaxed linen fabric saves you having to iron afterwards, too.
THE CORNER HUGGER
Start with this corner section, which will slot into an awkward space, and then connect to a chaise, footstool or one- to three-seat sections.
Isaac three-seater sofa in Rockpool washed linen, £2,040, Sofa.com
Soderhamn corner section in Samsta light pink, £250, Ikea
WE LOVE the PRICE
THE FLEXIBLE ONE
Easily switch the chaise section from left to right by removing the cushions and switching the position of the attached footstool. Aliso reversible corner chaise in navy, £650, Hygena range, Argos
THE LITTLE ONE
THE PET-PROOF ONE
Less than 2m wide with scaled-down proportions and removable arms, but stacks of style and more than 50 fabric choices.
Upholstered in rugged, wipeable leather with smart chrome legs that’ll survive chewing and scratching.
Lull large sofa in light grey, £499, Capsule collection, DFS
Parker large leather three-seater sofa in light tan, £1,699, Next
WHAT’S NEW THE CUSTOMISABLE ONE
Limitless size, reclining and design options, plus adjustable width increments of 20cm will give you the perfect ﬁt for your home. Jupiter corner sofa in Cognac Nevio, from £5,300, Rom
“as Tempting it is to go for a neutral sofa, if you have neutral walls, a darker (dirt hiding!) colour will look fab HOLLY WALSH, FEATURES EDITOR
WE LOVE the STYLE
THE FAMILY FRIENDLY ONE
Big enough to ﬁt the whole family, with a solid timber frame guaranteed for 10 years and added stain-guard protection available, too. Achilles large sofa in thatch house fabric, £1,395, Loaf
THE TRENDPROOF ONES
Velvet sofas are always decadent, but choose a simple shape in a bold colour to make the ultimate style statement.
THE DEEP ONE
A generous depth of 110cm, plus low arms and a roomy width of 210cm means the long-legged can lounge in comfort. Galloway large sofa in Navy linen blend, £3,099, Darlings of Chelsea
THE DISMANTLE-ABLE ONE
The sofa arrives in pieces and is assembled in your room, saving a battle through narrow corridors and doorways or up staircases. Mortimer two-seater Easy Access in Elmore Check Silver, £1,800, Laura Ashley
GREAT DEAL Lily three-seater sofa in Cobalt smart velvet, £1,040, Sofa.com
FEATURE HOLLY WALSH
Wallis three-seater sofa in Cobalt varese velvet, £2,159, Heal’s
RECLAIMED WOOD SHELVES Beautiful – and cheaper than wall units
Invest in basics ‘We got our reclaimed wood ﬂooring from a sustainable wood company,’ Thaisa says. ‘We then oiled it to make it darker, adding layers until we got the right colour.’ BUY THE KEY PIECES Basalt Grey handle-less cabinets, £253 for a 600mm base unit, Parker Bathrooms & Kitchens. For similar worktops try Hardwood worktops, £145 per sq m, Retrouvius. White wall tiles, £8.99 per sq m, Euro Tiles. For similar flooring, try the Kingsford handscraped wood flooring, £133 per sq m, Posh Flooring
Love THAISA’S STYLE?
Turn to page 35 to shop the look
‘You don’t need lots of money to get a high-end look’ Having spent every penny on essential renovations to their period townhouse, Thaisa and Peter Box had to think creatively to finish the interior on a tight budget
Welcome to my home THE PROPERTY
A four-bedroom 1900s end-of-terrace in Brighton, East Sussex.
VALUE Bought for £460,000 in 2015; now worth £750,000. Thaisa Box lives here with her partner, Peter, and their children Kamalia, 14, and Rafferty, 13. They run a spa in Covent Garden, London.
W Take a quick tour... MAIN BEDROOM
By the time we “came to decorate, I had to get creative with the money we had left over
hen it came to decorating this four-bed townhouse in Brighton, Thaisa Box wanted her home to have an original, eclectic look, but it had to be done on a strict budget. ‘The bulk of our money went on the renovation of the property, as the structure of the building required a lot of TLC,’ she says. ‘The layout was reconfigured as we relocated the kitchen, and we converted the loft, added two new bathrooms and redesigned the garden, too. So, when it came to the decorating and furnishing, we had to be creative and resourceful with what little cash was left over.’ When Thaisa’s friend Lisa Deller, an interior designer, heard about the project, she offered to help. ‘My main focus had been on managing the build, which had been full on,’ says Thaisa. ‘When Lisa came on board, it became clear that she could save us money and get the look we wanted. She suggested that we went for a mixture of vintage and modern furniture, to give the house a stylish and interesting look, without breaking the bank.’ Thaisa and Peter started the bargain hunt, spending every weekend at car-boot sales, antiques fairs, flea markets and auctions. ‘We were looking for key pieces of retro furniture that could be restored,’ says Thaisa. ‘We wanted good-quality, well-built items that were reasonably priced but could be made to look lovely again, and that had unusual features.’ The end result is a unique home filled with quirky but beautiful finds. ‘Design-wise, I’ve been pushed out of my comfort zone with this house and gone in directions I didn’t expect,’ says Thaisa. ‘But I love the little details in the furniture we’ve found, which have been brought to life with lots of love and hard work.’
Restrict your colour palette The couple used just two paint colours throughout the house. ‘All the walls are oﬀ-white and the woodwork is in a warm grey for a uniﬁed look,’ says Thaisa. BUY THE KEY PIECES Walls painted in Victoria White matt emulsion, £16.95 for 2.5ltr, Crown. Woodwork painted in Dusted Moss eggshell, £16.95 for 750ml, Dulux. For a similar coffee table, try the Range, £149, Made.com
The old sideboard in this “room is a favourite piece.
Restoring it brought out its detail and character
Junk-shop art Adds character to your walls and fun to find at car-boot sales for next to nothing
LOW-SLUNG STORAGE Sideboards are ideal under windows and sloping ceilings
Use classy neutrals The safest colours for an upmarket look are warm neutrals like the mushroom shade Thaisa chose for the kitchen units. ‘I wanted a neutral that wouldn’t look cold or clinical, and added an oak worktop for a more relaxed look,’ she says. BUY THE KEY PIECES Units, from £253 for a 600mm base unit, Parker Bathrooms & Kitchens. For a similar range cooker, try the Smeg SUK81MFX8 dual-fuel, £999, John Lewis. Wall tiles, £8.99 per sq m, Euro Tiles
Pick preloved bargains The dining table, picked up at a carboot sale, has been stripped, stained and oiled, then the legs were painted a dark grey. Thaisa teamed it with old school chairs and Ikea seat pads. BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar table, try the reclaimed Studio dining table, from £515, Home Barn
EASY CENTREPIECE A collection of candlesticks on a charityshop tray is all it takes
Pocket doors Ultimate flexibility to make your spaces open plan or closed off, as you need
Doors at the other end of the kitchen lead to a snug
HIGHLIGHT LIGHTS Draw the eye (and guests) to this corner, away from the busy oven area
Think big in small spaces Who says small kitchens can’t have an island? Pushed back to the wall, Thaisa’s functions as a food-prep workstation. ‘The kitchen is the ﬁrst space guests walk into, and I wanted it to set the tone for the rest of the house,’ she says. ‘It’s been decorated to represent the overall look and feel of our home.’ BUY THE KEY PIECES For similar light fittings, try the large Cavendish pendant lights in chalk, £140, each Garden Trading
Layer lots of detail DIY HEADBOARD Made from recycled wood taken from the old Brighton Pier
‘We’ve used similar textiles throughout the house to create a certain look,’ says Thaisa. ‘Many of the cushions and rugs are from Morocco.’ BUY THE KEY PIECES For similar cushions, try the Kilim cover, £30.50, Pillowme range, Etsy. The Moroccan R1181 rug, £750, Rug storeonline.com, is similar. Round Oak Scandi mirror, £150, John Lewis
Don’t be afraid of black Nothing makes an impact like a pop of black. ‘This is the only place we changed our colour scheme,’ says Thaisa. ‘We chose classic black for the woodwork and ﬂoor – we fell in love with the tiles, then worked the room around them.’ HERRINGBONE TILE PATTERN Adds texture and style to a white bathroom
BUY THE KEY PIECES Hexagonal Carbon infusion floor tiles, £102 per sq m; for similar herringbone wall tiles, try the Lustrum Electra Ivory-Panna wall tiles, £79 per sq m; both Topps Tiles. Round mirror with hanging strap, £65, John Lewis
WHAT I LEARNED
I’ve “beenDesign-wise, pushed out of my comfort zone with this house and gone in directions I didn’t expect, but you have to stick to your vision. If you compromise, you’ll regret it later and want to redo it
DON’T MISS THE DETAILS...
FEATURE MAXINE BRADY, VANESSA RICHMOND PHOTOGRAPHS HOLLY JOLLIFFE PLANS AGENCY SERVICE
Clockwise from top left: Pom pom fairy lights, wrapped around a branch, decorate the guest room; a new but unloved oak desk got a fresh look with a black chalk paint makeover; in the main bedroom, propped artwork is regularly swapped to keep the look fresh; the interesting legs on this midcentury chest caught Thaisa’s eye – it’s been repainted and had its original brass handles swapped for black metal.
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Make it work for you THAISA’S STYLE: MODERN ARTISAN
Natural textures and carefully curated finds with a Scandi edge make for a unique and cosy look
MY GO-TO STORES… O ZARA
Layer up texture and warm colours for a welcoming feel
‘Full of great basics like bedlinen’ ‘A local home store in Brighton with beautiful lighting and accessories’
‘My go-to for linen and bedding’
& COTTON ‘Brighton
GOLDEN TOUCH Hutton round gold mirror, £300, The Chandelier & Mirror Company
based pick-andmix pom pom fairy light shop’
NATURAL ELEMENT Grey barrel glazed table lamp, £85, Cox & Cox
FEATURE STEPHANIE DURRANT PHOTOGRAPHS HOLLY JOLLIFFE
COOL COPPER Yoko 1 light pendant, £106.20, Dar Lighting
RUSTIC REVIVAL Nilsson Rustica large reclaimed wood chest of drawers, £669, Modish Living
PARED-BACK STYLE Deco marble coffee table, £249, Atkin and Thyme
STYLIST’S TIP Mix up rich shades of dark woods and warm hues to add interest to a neutral scheme
FAUX FOLIAGE Potted artiﬁcial fern, £8.99, Clas Ohlson
RICH TONES Eppaloc cushion cover, £39, La Redoute
STEPHANIE DURRANT, CONTENT EDITOR
” OCTOBER 2017
Supersize wall feature
Fill a wall with character, even in a small room. It doesn’t have to be a canvas – a big mirror or carved wooden panel would be just as ‘wow’
MAKE IT WORK FOR YOU
Modern neutral living room Walls in Hardwick White estate emulsion, £43.50 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball. Curtain in Adisa Natural F0952/02, £60 per m, Clarke & Clarke. Antique Gold C659 sisal carpet, £49 per sq m, Crucial Trading. Dexter sofa in Lytham Natural, £1,439, Multiyork. Line Accent armchair in Capri Coral, £579, Furniture Village. Herzen coffee table, £279, Swoon Editions. Big Mucker bookcase, £465, Loaf. Hendix floor lamp, £80, Very. Shada rug, £895, Andrew Martin. Edwin side table, £275, Graham and Green. ON COFFEE TABLE Angular tea light holder, £9.50, Graham and Green. Fusion aztec vase, £22, John Lewis. Tall pot with fake succulent, £8, Neptune. Small pot with real succulent, £6.99, Homebase. For a similar bowl, try Lombok. ON SOFA Cushions, from left: Mono textured diamond, £18, Next; Indian Railway Dilim striped, £52; Beni Ourain, £65, Yonder Living; Crimson linen, £30, John Lewis; Creek charcoal zig zag, £42, Clarke & Clarke. ON CHAIR Herringbone throw, £89, Bronte by Moon range, John Lewis. Mali mudcloth cushion, £58, Yonder Living. ON SHELF Hurricane lantern, £14, Matalan.
Diamond concrete pot, £8.95, Graham and Green. Hanging succulent, £9.99, Homebase. Zig zag frame, £15, John Lewis. Copper round tea light holder, £14.95, Graham and Green. Wooden letter, £12, George Home. Ceramic bud vase, £8 for two, Matalan. Glass lantern, Next. Faux succulent, £4.99, TK Maxx. Cream plant pot, £6.99, Homebase. Bone frame in diamond print, £12, Graham and Green. For a similar bowl, try John Lewis. Havi bowl, £12, Habitat. Faux succulent, £8, Neptune. ARMCHAIR DETAIL Mali mudcloth cushion, £58, Yonder Living. Gunmetal console, £350, French Connection. Lydford lamp, £100, Next. For a similar vase, try the Abayam, £15; red bowl, £12; both Habitat. Concrete planter, from a selection, TK Maxx. ON FIREPLACE Salvage window mirror, £140, Next. Himalayas vase, £35, Yonder Living. Gold tea light holder, £14.95, Graham and Green. Faux succulent in pot, £8, Neptune. For a similar lantern, try the Fushion bamboo globe, £80, John Lewis. Print, Composition 10 in Black & White, Pier and Ocean, 1915 by Piet Mondrian, £25, King & McGaw
FEATURE SARITA SHARMA, NICKY PHILLIPS PHOTOGRAPHS DOMINIC BLACKMORE
THIS LOOK BLENDS STYLE SMARTS WITH A LAID-BACK FEEL THAT SITS JUST RIGHT IN A ROOM DESIGNED FOR LOUNGING
STYLE & DÉCOR
The perfect grey paint
This look has a distinctly global edge, so accessorise with Moroccan-style cushions, Scandi-geo fabrics, artisan ceramics and crafted lanterns
With a touch of warm brown to make it smooth and cosy, and a chalky matt finish to make it modern
Let sofas blend in for versatility’s sake, but indulge in a hit of earthy colour on a side seat
Dark-wood coffee table
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‘It’s good to get out of your comfort zone’ Tesco’s Head of Design, Steven Rowe, believes that taking risks and not getting stuck in a style rut are the keys to creating a beautiful and interesting home
HIGH-END STYLE Tate chair in Grey, £249; feather cushion, £18; dinner candle holder, £6; Gold ombré barrel vase, £18; Cruse brass socks table, £49; all Fox & Ivy range, Tesco
teven worked for Laura Ashley, BHS and Marks & Spencer before heading up Tesco’s design team. He lives in a village in Bedfordshire with his partner, designer Paul O’Donovan, and their fox terrier, Oscar. We live in a 17th-century former mill house with lots of character. It’s full of beams and tiny Hobbitlike doors that you have to duck through. Despite living there for two years, we still manage to bash our heads every now and again! We’re really lucky to live in such a wonderful house. Because we both travel a lot for work and can live in hotels for weeks at a time, having somewhere we can retreat to is such an enormous blessing. We waited for two years before decorating. In our previous Victorian house, we spent a fortune decorating it in keeping with the style of the era. We revamped the dining room into a beautifully formal space, but I don’t think we used it more than once. It’s important not to be a slave to a trend. It’s good to mix things up a bit, even if it’s a bit scary and out of your comfort zone. But, ultimately,
PATTERN MIX Floral Bloom cushion, £18, Tesco
DELICATE DISPLAY Vintage hanging mirror, £15; Lustrefinish vase in Pink, £12; Mercury-finish tealight holder, £4; hurricane, £8; all Fox & Ivy range, Tesco
GOLDEN TOUCH Rose gold metal base lamp, £30, Tesco OCTOBER 2017
STYLE HERO FINE DINING Kanabu table and two bench set, £329; fur throw, £35; Riven 12-piece dinner set, £30; vases, from £6; all Tesco
If I really love something, I’ll find a place for it in our home. I guess you could call our style ‘eclectic’. I kept the things that I really loved from previous homes and I’m happy to mix them up with other pieces – different styles, different eras… it doesn’t matter. My style has changed a lot over the past decade. It’s much more relaxed now.
PERFECT PANS Copper saucepan set, £100, Go Cook range, Tesco ‘Our dressing room has a gentleman’s club style,’ says Steven. ‘It even has a painting of Oscar on the wall’
ALL THAT GLITTERS Gold plate, £6; cocktail shaker, £8; glasses, £20 for four; all Tesco
COUNTRY LOOK Deer wall art, £10; vase, £5; both Tesco
WHAT I’VE LEARNED
furniture before you “buy,Measure especially vintage or antique pieces! I’ve fallen foul of this so often – I buy something I love and then it’s a nightmare to get it in the house!
Deep down, I’m a terrible hoarder. I love buying pieces for my home, although I’ve learned to let go of things we don’t need in the last few years. Having said that, I have a huge thing for wine glasses. In our kitchen, we have a huge floor-toceiling cupboard, packed full of them. No matter how many I have already, I’ll keep buying wine glasses ’til the cows come home! And I’m a bit of a fiend for candles and lanterns. Paul often tells me off about all the smoke marks our candles leave on our white walls. My pet hate is curtains. In my opinion, they’re expensive, ridiculous, dusty and just very messy looking. One of the first things we did after we moved in was to get shutters fitted in every room – pale grey shutters on each window and black ones for the master bedroom. Having a dog has changed my life considerably. I’m less precious about everything. Our gorgeous teal velvet sofa basically became a giant dog bed covered in muddy paw prints. Eventually, you have to realise that if something gets broken, it’s not the end of the world. It’s just stuff!
FEATURE GINEVRA BENEDETTI PHOTOGRAPH TIM GAINEY/ALAMY
‘India is one of my favourite places,’ says Steven. ‘It’s an assault on all the senses’
what’s going to happen if you don’t get it right? You’ll just change it, so it’s not the end of the world. I once painted my living room grey and yellow, because I thought it was such a cool mix of shades. It really didn’t work in the space and everyone kept telling me it looked horrible. Though I secretly agreed, I was in outward denial for ages before caving and painting over it!
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THE NEW WAY TO DO
Heritage style You don’t need a stately home to create a modern manor. Traditional prints and furniture styles now come in bold colours and luxe finishes that’ll make any place look perfectly polished
Put damask on the walls Add grandeur with this classic pattern – but keep it tone-on-tone for subtle style. WHERE TO BUY Villandry Serpentine wallpaper, £88 per roll, Style Library
STYLE & DÉCOR
Upgrade your bed linen Swap plains with a traditional floral that packs a dark and dramatic punch. WHERE TO BUY Glyndebourne double duvet set, £120, Christy
Dark botanicals are this season’s must-have print – go for a statement cushion to get your fix Floral watercolour cushion, £15, House of Fraser
STYLIST’S NOTE Offset busy, traditional patterns with simple furniture shapes and lighting to keep it modern
MICHELA COLLING, STYLE EDITOR
Give a heritage look a contemporary twist with a rug featuring bold, digital florals Shadow Floral rug, £995, Ted Baker
” Put modern curios on show Huxley task lamp, £40; cage, £35; Tiger candle, £15; all John Lewis
GO GOTHIC Brookby antiqued mirror tables, £350 for two, One World Trading OCTOBER 2017
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STYLE & DÉCOR Opt for brassframed furniture over classic dark wood to lift a moody scheme Keswick small side table, £455, Neptune
Give it a Scandi spin A Gustavian-style desk, bentwood chair and cowhide rug add a vintage Scandi twist. WHERE TO BUY Writing desk, £395; limed oak chair, £129; both Angel & Boho
STYLIST’S NOTE If you don’t have pattern in a room, add personality with statement lighting, vases and collectables
MICHELA COLLING, STYLE EDITOR
Set a lavish table with brass cutlery and tinted glassware Pristella tray, £5.25; Tillagd cutlery set, £40; Intagande glass, £1.25; all Ikea
PAINT IT BLACK Dare to go for dark walls, plus colour pops Black Monday floor lamp, £285; 45cm shade in petrol blue dupion silk, £95; both Pooky
INVEST IN VELVET Gastard sofa in Mallard matt velvet, £1,293, Willow & Hall
STYLE & DÉCOR MUSEUM STYLE Fabrikor glass cabinet, £129, Ikea
Layer luxe colours Dress an upholstered bed with a trad quilt and cushions in vibrant velvets, paired with crisp white sheets. WHERE TO BUY Iris double bed frame in Teal velvet, £745, Button & Sprung
TINTED GLASS Oshka light, £525, Curiousa & Curiousa
BOLD BEDDING Forest tapestry bedding set, from £39.50, Marks & Spencer
BUTTONED ELEGANCE Bouji accent chair, £199, Made.com
Take a trad seat Choose a petite wing-back chair with a traditional look to tuck neatly into a smaller corner – perfect for reading. WHERE TO BUY Watson chair, £149, George Home
MIX IN A MODERN PIECE Combine a sleek sideboard with a traditional style wallpaper for an effortlessly eclectic finish Besta sideboard, £235, Ikea
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‘We’ve developed a relaxed, eclectic style’ Pauline and Paul West switched a streamlined and modern look for this more easy-going, comfortable and characterful vibe HOME-MADE MIRROR The frame was made from skirting board
Mix, don’t match ‘We’re never frightened of blending modern pieces, such as our comfy sofas, with high street, vintage and antique ﬁnds, like our elegant French chair,’ says Pauline. BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar sofa, try the Kendal, £1,300, Laura Ashley. For a similar armchair, try the French-style Louis chair, £475, La Residence Interiors
Welcome to my home VALUE Bought for £440,000 in 2006; now worth £600,000.
Pauline West lives here with her husband Paul. They are both retired.
A four-bed Victorian terrace in Plymouth.
Take a quick tour... STUDY
Over the years, our tastes have changed. We’ve gone for a lighter, French-inspired look and given our old Habitat furniture to our granddaughter
fter pinpointing the precise area where they wanted to live, Pauline and Paul West patiently waited until just the right property came onto the market. ‘Renting near our preferred location and speaking regularly to the estate agents paid huge dividends,’ says Pauline. ‘Even before this handsome house went on the market, we were given a tip-off and immediately set up a viewing.’ The house, built in 1903, hadn’t been touched for 30 years, but the couple could see through the dowdy, tired décor. ‘It was very dark and terribly cluttered, but we loved the high ceilings and feel of the house,’ says Pauline. ‘We peered under the carpets and spotted the original floorboards, which clinched the deal.’ The house was structurally sound, but the couple needed to strip it back to its bare bones. ‘Having only viewed the property once, it was quite a shock to see it empty,’ says Pauline. ‘It looked vast.’ Pauline pulled down old curtains and stripped layer after layer of wallpaper, while Paul removed all the carpets, sanded the floors, sourced old radiators and began painting the whole house white. ‘We felt that white walls and lovely sanded floorboards would be a good starting point to create a cohesive look,’ says Pauline. ‘We also decided to knock down the wall between the kitchen and the breakfast room. Opening up the fireplace and installing a wood-burner has made it the hub of the house.’ Over the next eight years, the couple evolved their signature neutral look. ‘We’ve never had a masterplan, although we prefer subtle shades to bright colours,’ says Pauline. ‘By doing everything ourselves, it’s taken time, but we haven’t rushed. It has been an incredibly rewarding journey and it’s one we’re still enjoying.’
Vintage mirrors A great way to add style and character that’s easier to mix into a scheme than artwork
Buy what you love ‘Our style is eclectic because if we see something we love, we buy it, then decide which room it will look best in,’ says Pauline. ‘We’re inspired by French and Scandinavian interiors.’ BUY THE KEY PIECES For similar fabric, try the Posies cashmere pink on cream linen, £54 per m, Peony & Sage. For a similar rug, try the Victoriana Traditional gold rug, £270, Laura Ashley
TRACK LIGHTING Throws light along food prep surfaces
ANTIQUE BUTCHER’S BLOCK Makes a unique kitchen island
Think outside the box ‘We got rid of the ﬁtted kitchen units and replaced them with freestanding pieces,’ says Pauline. ‘The space now has a more rustic, slightly industrial vibe.’ BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar French-style wall light, try the Hobury in Charcoal, £45, Garden Trading. For similar wall tiles, try the Metro white, £19.50 per sq m, Topps Tiles
Arrange spaces around statement pieces
GARDEN TABLE Topped with scaffolding planks
The couple knocked down a wall to create an open-plan kitchen and breakfast room, divided by an antique butcher’s block. The dining space is deﬁned by a big French dresser and the kitchen by a long sideboard and a retro fridge-freezer. BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar table, try the Cotswold Kitchen large butcher’s block, £699, The Cotswold Company. Fridge-freezer, £1,779, Smeg
Industrial-style pendants Look for simple, enamel shades in versatile grey to give rustic-style rooms a tougher touch
Unify mixed pieces with colour ‘A neutral backdrop works best when you have an eclectic collection,’ says Pauline. ‘In the breakfast room, we’ve mixed a French chair with a standard lamp made by my grandfather, wicker chairs and a high-street sofa, but the neutral palette makes the space feel relaxed.’ BUY THE KEY PIECES For similar chairs, try the Heronswood, £250 each, Holloways. For a similar pendant, try the vintage, £60, Cox & Cox
Upcycle old finds
REVIVED DRESSER A £140 auction bargain went from bottle green to grey
‘The majority of our furniture comes from antiques shops, auctions and brocantes,’ says Pauline. ‘If required, Paul upcycles our ﬁnds or paints them to ﬁt the colour scheme.’ BUY THE KEY PIECES Jewel shaggy rug, £300, Dunelm. Westfire 21 stove, from a selection, Dean Forge. For a similar clock, try the Knightsbridge, £60, Newgate Clocks
VINTAGE SHUTTERS A quirky alternative to artwork or a mirror
COAT RACK Not just for hallways – handy as a valet stand
Repurpose something beautiful The couple tidied up a set of old shutters to use as rustic-style artwork and Pauline made cushions for a vintage daybed which is used as a bench in the guest bedroom.
INDOOR TREE The couple’s bare Christmas tree is a rustic feature
BUY THE KEY PIECES For similar vintage shutters and a daybed, try antiques fairs. For a similar double bed frame, try the Alice Antique White bedstead, £450, Oak Furniture House
Revive original features ‘Stripping the ﬂoorboards was a really good move,’ says Pauline. ‘It instantly gave our home a cohesive look and a warm feel. They were a great backdrop for our existing furniture and pieces we’ve bought since.’ BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar wardrobe, try the Pascale in scuffed grey, £1,495, Loaf
REPURPOSED LADDER Makes for a portable, fun display
‘Paul created this vanity unit in my dressing room from an old pine table and a basin from B&Q,’ says Pauline
Work in soft pattern The bay window in the guest bedroom was crying out for sweeping curtains, so Pauline broke out of her all-neutral rule and added a little gentle pink with a ﬂoral fabric. Big patterns work best over a large area, so she chose an oversized
ﬂoral motif that has a traditional, country look. BUY THE KEY PIECES For similar curtain fabric, try the Genevieve Raspberry, £15 per m, Wallpaperdirect. For similar cushion fabric, try the Catherine rose blue, £55 for W137cm, Cabbages & Roses
Our home has evolved. It’s “ taken time and we deliberately haven’t rushed. It’s been an incredibly rewarding journey – one we’re still enjoying
REAL HOME A painted apple crate has been repurposed as a bedside table
The rattan antique French bed and natural bed linens give the main bedroom cosy texture, while curtains and a throw in deeper tones of grey and taupe add depth to the neutral scheme. ‘I prefer subtle hues, which create a tranquil, harmonious feel,’ says Pauline. BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar bed, try the Provence, £1,595, The White Company. For similar table lamps, try the Kirby, £29.99 each, Dunelm
Throw in a surprise ‘The moment I spotted this tailor’s dummy in a local antiques shop, I knew it would look eye-catching in our bedroom,’ says Pauline. BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar second-hand clothes dummy, try local antiques fairs
FEATURE JANET MCMEEKIN, VANESSA RICHMOND PHOTOGRAPHS ANDREAS VON EINSIEDEL PLANS AGENCY SERVICE
Layer colours and textures
PAULINE’S STYLE? Turn to page 59 to shop the look
Paul topped a cast-iron table with scaffolding boards to create a unique piece
Use furniture in the ‘wrong’ place Pauline uses a huge armoire – which would normally be used as a display piece downstairs – as storage for towels, toiletries and scented candles in the bathroom. ‘Our policy is to buy what we love,
then work out which room it’ll look best in later!’ she says. BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar armoire, try the Chateauneuf, £999, The French Bedroom Company. Essenza roll-top bath, £600, Homebase
WHAT WE LEARNED
Don’t rush – enjoy “letting your home evolve. If your tastes change, go with the f low and tweak until you’re happy. We’ve made mistakes, but that’s just part of the process
Make it work for you PAULINE’S STYLE: FRENCH COUNTRY CHIC Textural, rustic accessories paired with classic furniture shapes create this relaxed yet refined look AROUND THE CLOCK Large cream wall clock, £179, Housing Units
CRACKLE EFFECT Chalk cottage jug, £15, Dunelm
HAND MADE White pottery jug, £8, National Trust Shop
SOFT TOUCH Cushion in grey vintage rose, £21.95, Pignut
FADED FLORAL Scatter cushion, in dusty blue vintage rose, £55, Loaf
FEATURE HOLLY WALSH PHOTOGRAPH ANDREAS VON EINSIEDEL
SWITCH ON Rustic wooden spindle table lamp, £64.95, The Farthing
WELL SEATED French grey dining chair, £408, Sweetpea & Willow
TAKE A SEAT Amelie carver dining chair, £199, Dunelm
RUSTIC FINISH Dandie chest of drawers, £725, Loaf
STORAGE SOLUTION Natural grass baskets, set of two, £60, Sweetpea & Willow
CLOCKING OFF Large grey wall clock, £129, Rural Idyll
LIGHT UP Clarissa wooden turned table lamp, £29, JD Williams
BIG FIND Reclaimed wood chest of drawers, £672, Sweetpea & Willow
COUNTRY CHARM Willow baskets, set of two, £29 JD Williams OCTOBER 2017
STYLE & DÉCOR
COLOURS WE LOVE
Dusty purple WE’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT THOSE FIERCE, POWER-GLAM PURPLES WE ALL LOVED A FEW YEARS AGO, BUT A SOFTER AND ALTOGETHER EASIER-TO-LIVE-WITH PLUM THAT WALKS THE LINE BETWEEN FEMININE AND MASCULINE FOR AN ELEGANT FEEL YOU CAN TAKE IN ANY DIRECTION, FROM SHABBY CHIC TO SMART AND CONTEMPORARY. WORRIED IT’LL LOOK MURKY? JUST TEAM IT WITH THE RIGHT NEUTRAL AND BE FEARLESS WITH ACCENTS…
THIS PAGE Amaris Bloomingville heavy structure vase in Orchid, £48, Out There Interiors. Dartington Crystal Elgin bottle vase, £65, John Lewis. Brickett Davda plate, £37, Toast. Decorative ﬁgs, £50 for 12, Cox & Cox. Folded from top: Anoushka Plains Lavender 130050 fabric, £50 per m, Harlequin. Washed linen/cotton pillowcase in Pale Heather, £30, Toast. Bouclé cushion (cover only shown), in Dahlia, £35, John Lewis. Bordeaux Terry towel, £55, Toast.
THIS PAGE Walls painted in Cover Story matt emulsion, £14.50 for 2.5ltr, Crown Paints. Finley Velvet armchair in Clover, £774, Rowen & Wren. Larsson dressing table in Antique Salt, £430, Neptune. Drum stool, £125, The Dormy House, covered in Boho Velvet Lilac 235267, £51 per m, Sanderson. ON DRESSING TABLE Berry Jewel vase by Louise Roe, £49, Heal’s. Domeo desk lamp, £115, Loaf. Brass and glass trinket dish, £35, Cox & Cox. Linen lavender bag, £5, The Linen Works. Jewellery box, £30, House of Fraser. Majella fuchsia small wash bag, £22, Designers Guild. Linen hand towel, similar from The Linen Works. Trio of Lilac enamel bud vases, £28, Notonthehighstreet.com. Soulful pump dispenser, £6, George Home. ON WALL Viola and Heuchera art prints, £62 each, by Claire Brooker at King & McGaw.
Stylist’s note Choose a flat, chalky matt finish for purple-tone paint or it’ll look dated, but bring the colour to life with lots of texture in the room
CAROL WORTLEY-BISHOP, STYLIST
STYLE & DÉCOR THIS PAGE Walls in Velvet Plum matt emulsion, £18 for 2.5ltr, Crown Paints. Marble square coffee table, £599, Dwell. Cooler-ino square side table, £145, Loaf. Atworth three-seater sofa in Aubergine linen/cotton, £1,169, Willow & Hall. Jiya Blush round side table, £149, Graham & Green. Penelope armchair in Peony pure cotton matt velvet, £990, Sofa.com. Curtains in Lomita Viola/Slate 132027, £62 per m, Harlequin. Frosted Diamond Majestic carpet, £79.99 per sq m, Brintons. Purple Genova rug, £615, Woven. ON COFFEE TABLE Scandi large painted tray, £35, John Lewis. Porcelain serving bowl, from £20, Heal’s. Eau Minerale glass, £9.95, Canvas Home at Liberty. Derry carafe, £24, Rowen & Wren. Brickett Davda plate, £37, Toast. Decorative ﬁgs, £50 for 12, Cox & Cox. Heather Spiral vase, £27, John Lewis. Similar notebook from Paperchase. ON LEFT SIDE TABLE Brass and marble desk lamp, £125, Cox & Cox. Porcelain bowl, £55, Heal’s. ON RIGHT SIDE TABLE Blue Fade tealight holder, £11.95, Graham & Green. ON SOFA Cushions, Raspberry Velvet, £35; Palma Marsala Field, £39; Light Blue Velvet, £35; Palma Fade, £39; all Graham & Green. BEHIND SOFA Similar lantern; faux Echeveria, £17.50; all Cox & Cox. Dual tone vase in Stone and Berry, from £39, Heal’s. Amaris Bloomingville vase in Orchid, £48, Out There Interiors. Indar mirror, £196, Rowen & Wren.
TURQUOISE ACCENT Fresh enough to cut through and cool down shades of purple and pink
Decadent living Dusty purples are so rich and indulgent, they lend themselves to a really luxe look, with plush velvets, buttoned upholstery, heavy curtains, marble and touches of old gold OCTOBER 2017
THIS PAGE Walls in Kailani 111668, £185 per panel, Anthozoa collection, Harlequin. Langridge Love Seat sofabed in Dove linen/cotton, £838, Willow & Hall. Tray Day side table, £145, Loaf. Laila rug, £160, Cox & Cox. ON SIDE TABLE Porcelain turquoise bowl, £55, Heal’s. Blush glass photo frame, similar from Amara. Swirl vase, £25, Star by Julien Macdonald range, Debenhams. LIGHTING Brass cluster pendants, £135; smoked-glass ceiling pendant, £110; both French Connection. ON SOFA Cushions in Anoushka Plains Lavender 130050 (front), £50 per m, Harlequin; Asuri Freesia 7726/31 (back), £50.50 per m, Romo; square Light Blue Velvet, £35, Graham & Green; cushion in Segments Gold/Damson 120678, £385 per m, Harlequin. Similar throw, Toast.
Stylist’s note Dusty purple looks great with off-white furniture for classic style, but team it with shades of cool grey for a more modern scheme
CAROL WORTLEY-BISHOP, STYLIST
STYLE & DÉCOR THIS PAGE Walls in Yuti 111348 in Zinc and Pebble, £93 per roll, Anthology 04 range, Wallpaper Direct. Blade rug in Heather, 160cm x 230cm, £299, Modern Rugs. Peggy armchair in Deep Turquoise pure cotton matt velvet, £740, Sofa.com. Atika Carved grey bedside cabinet, £149, Atkin & Thyme. Lily king size bed frame in Blush Brushed Cotton, £895, Button & Sprung. Medium Legacy chest of drawers in weathered oak, £745, Loaf. Curtains in Delphiniums in Grape 226289, £59 per m, Sanderson. ON CHAIR Velvet cushion, £5, George Home. ON BEDSIDE CABINET Domeo desk lamp, £115, Loaf. Purple Fade tealight holder, £11.95; Agate pink tealight holder, £21; both Graham & Green. ON BED King-size ﬂat sheet in Moustier Duck Egg linen, £160; housewife pillowcases in Moustier Duck Egg linen, £45 each; both The Linen Works. Plum Kitten washed linen pillowcases, £24.99 each, LinenMe. King-size washed linen/cotton duvet cover in Pale Heather, £145, Toast. Lydia Floral print pillowcase, from a double duvet set, £59, House of Fraser. Plain pink cushion, £15, John Lewis. Velvet throw, £125, J by Jasper Conran range; Butterﬂy throw, £100, Matthew Williamson range; both Debenhams. ON CHEST OF DRAWERS Ceramic jug, £22.50, Marks & Spencer. Dipped ceramic vase, from £9.50, Rockett St George. Pink ribbed glass vase, £6, George Home. Blush glass photo frame, similar from Amara. ON FLOOR Grey leather handle belly basket, £29, Olli Ella. Hampton check throw, £60, John Lewis.
FEATURE CAROL WORTLEY-BISHOP, VANESSA RICHMOND PHOTOGRAPHS SIMON WHITMORE
HOT PINK The perfect accent to take a purple scheme a step bolder
Layers of luxury Combine dusty purples – plum, aubergine, fig – with blush pink and grey for a harmonious palette that creates just the right mellow mood for a bedroom
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Make it work for you DUSTY PURPLE: JUST ADD AN ACCENT
Not keen to put it on all four walls? This sexy shade can still give your room a big hit of warmth and glamour…
FEATURE STEPHANIE DURRANT PHOTOGRAPH SIMON WHITMORE
WHERE TO BUY 1. LAMP Naomie lamp base and shade in Blackberry, £95, Laura Ashley 2. RUG Mosaic rug in Light Purple, £399, Ted Baker at Amara
5. VASE Jewel glass vase in Amethyst, £21.50, MiaFleur
6. CHAIR Le Cocktail velvet chair in Grape, £425, Oliver Bonas
3. CUSHION Pansy ﬂoral cushion, £40, Scatterbox at Harvey Norman
7. THROW Beehive throw in Black Cherry, £59, The British Blanket Company
4. FAUX FLOWERS Artiﬁcial peony roses, £50, John Lewis
8. ROSE WREATH Wooden rose heart in Plum, £7, Wilko
7 OCTOBER 2017
ANTIQUE HANDLES Upgrade an off-the-peg kitchen
‘We gave this place a bright, joined-up look’ Lucy and David Houlton put their own spin on Scandi style to give a gloomy house a smart but family friendly update that works in every space
Match materials ‘As well as having limed ﬂooring everywhere, I chose materials that are repeated throughout. So the composite worktops are similar to the ﬁre surrounds downstairs and the kitchen tiles are also used in the bathrooms,’ says Lucy. BUY THE KEY PIECES Framed Shaker kitchen in Easy White and Pearl, from £18,000; Silestone 50mm quartz worktop, £5,880; both John Lewis of Hungerford. White Mercury 1082 oven with induction hob, £3,630, Paul Davies Kitchen Appliances
Welcome to my home THE PROPERTY
A five-bed Edwardian terrace in Muswell Hill, London, bought in 2012.
Lucy Houlton, a journalist, lives here with her husband, David, an accountant, and their children, Lola, 15, and Edie, 10.
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BEDROOM DRESSING ROOM
Similar properties in the area are marketed at around £2million.
The overall effect is a family home that just invites you to unwind
ucy and David Houlton knew this house was exactly what they wanted as soon as they stepped inside. ‘Every room felt spacious and – most important of all – each one had the potential to be incredibly light,’ explains Lucy. ‘However, the kitchen was tucked away in the dark basement, there was a kitchenette in a bedroom, the décor throughout was quite dingy and every room needed updating. There was also a vast loft crying out for conversion. Our vision was to reorganise the space and create a cohesive decorative scheme that would make the house feel brighter, modern and welcoming.’ A builder started work the day they moved in. Within a few months, the loft extension was completed; the kitchen was moved from the basement room to the front of the original through-living room to create an open-plan, family-friendly space; and the former kitchen’s roof was raised and double doors installed in place of a narrow window to transform it into a bright TV room that’s now connected to the garden. ‘We had to dig down to accommodate the new doors in the TV room,’ says Lucy. ‘It was back-breaking work, but worth it, as this room now has the same indooroutdoor feel as our main living room and is really light.’ Once the structural work was all over and done with, Lucy and David approached the décor with a view to enhancing the feeling of space. ‘To help us get used to the different light levels in each room, and as a starting point for creating a cohesive scheme, we began by painting every room white and by ripping up the carpets, stripping back the floorboards and having them lime-washed,’ says Lucy. ‘The overall effect is a family home that just invites you to unwind.’
Use cohesive colours ‘Our aim was to create a relaxed but smart scheme that ﬂowed from room to room, so we had a colour palette in mind from the start,’ says Lucy. ‘This paredback look feels calm – it’s a real antidote to our busy work lives.’ BUY THE KEY PIECES George three-seater sofa in Ebony, £699, Out & Out Original. For a similar armchair, try the Archie, £349; striped cushion (on armchair), £45; both John Lewis
LUCY’S STYLE? Turn to page 77 to shop the look
LOW-BACK CHAIRS Don’t block sightlines in open-plan spaces
Mix it up IDEAL HOME
W hite wood shutters Timeless, versatile and easy to clean, they give privacy while letting in light and fit flush to save space
Lucy has combined high-street ﬁnds and hand-me-downs with boot-fair and antiques-market buys. ‘I don’t like furniture to match – it’s too formal,’ she says. ‘Much of our stuﬀ is second-hand, which makes the house feel very relaxed.’ BUY THE KEY PIECES Skogsta dining table, £350; for similar dining chairs, try the Norraryd, £50 each; all Ikea. For a similar side table, try the Link brass, £199, Rockett St George
I look for pieces with “ simple, comfortable style, so
they work together and I can swap them from room to room when I get bored
RESCUED PINE CHAIRS £4 each from a closing-down café and repainted
SHOWPIECE SIDEBOARD Essential in a roomful of low-key basics
Add depth with darker tones Lucy zoned the TV den by painting two walls in an inky blue. ‘To get a contemporary Scandi look, I added lots of texture, pops of pattern and some dramatic colour – the dark blue looks wonderful with the limewashed wood ﬂooring,’ she says. BUY THE KEY PIECES Owl canvas, £115, Photowall. Walls painted in Valspar Inky Prose matt emulsion, £13 for 2.5ltr, B&Q. For a similar sideboard, try the mid-century in grey wash, £599, Swoon Editions
Decorate with plants
STACKED FOOTSTOOLS Double as a side table
‘I love large, architectural house plants,’ says Lucy. ‘They add natural colour to a room and create focal points, but they also help to merge the inside with the outside. Since our reception rooms both have large French doors, plants are an important element in the scheme.’ BUY THE KEY PIECES Landskrona armchair, £350; footstool, £225; Jassa cushion cover, £7; Alseda banana leaf stools, £20 each; all Ikea. For a similar lamp, try the Anglepoise Type 75, £125, Ambiente Direct OCTOBER 2017
SILVER ACCENT A beautiful contrast with all-blue hues
Use more colour in bedrooms While the open-plan spaces downstairs are painted white, the main bedroom is cosy and cocooning in deep teal blue. BUY THE KEY PIECES Walls painted in Air Force Blue absolute matt emulsion, £42 for 2.5ltr, Little Greene. Mirana quilt and two pillowcases, £168; rectangular cushion, £68; all Anthropologie
‘One of the ﬁrst things we did was unblock the ﬁreplaces and ﬁnd authentic surrounds for them,’ says Lucy. ‘The one in the main bedroom was from a local junk shop; the others came from eBay.
Period features really shine in a simple scheme.’ BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar fire surround, try the Woodthorpe in white, £151, B&Q. For a similar chest of drawers, try the Ganga Sheesham, £207, Wayfair
WHAT WE LEARNED
Natural textures “make a house feel like home. Wooden f loors were our starting point, then we added jute rugs, soft throws and baskets
DIY CANVAS Created from a kit, £104, Photowall
FEATURE LUCY SEARLE, VANESSA RICHMOND PHOTOGRAPHS COLIN POOLE STYLING DILLY ORME PLANS AGENCY SERVICE
Retain original character
POP OF YELLOW Brings a scheme of natural colours and textures to life
AREA RUG Zone and add comfort around a bed
Try a bold print in a big room GREY GROUT Stops white tiling looking bland and boring
‘Lola picked out the leaf wallpaper for her loft bedroom – it was a brave choice, but it makes an eﬀective focal point of the bed, which in turn transforms quite a large, bright space into a cosier, more welcoming one,’ says Lucy. BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar wallpaper, try the Mustique, £80 per roll, Wallpaperdirect. For a similar bed, try the Alice, £950, Laura Ashley. PS clock, £30, Ikea
Know that less really can be more ‘Removing the original shower cubicle and built-in bath gave us the space to make the roll-top bath the focal point of the room,’ says Lucy. ‘I’d always rather make do with fewer ﬁttings if it means the room will feel more spacious’ BUY THE KEY PIECES Earl 1750 double-ended slipper bath, £400; Regent freestanding bath/shower mixer, £210; both Victorian Plumbing. Bevelled-edge wall tiles, £12 for 50, B&Q. For a similar chair, try the dark brass wire armchair, £145, Rockett St George OCTOBER 2017
Make it work for you LUCY’S STYLE: MODERN SIMPLICITY Timeless furniture and a pared-back palette create a look that has an easy elegance and is as versatile as they come
SOLID OAK Hambledon raw oak peg rail, £22, Garden Trading
METAL PENDANT Industrial pendant in Sand, £180, Out There Interiors
LUXE LIGHT Deliving pendant light, £220, Naken
COOL COPPER Ampersand wire letter, £3.50, Hobbycraft
QUIRKY TOUCH Ampersand wire letter, £10, Oliver Bonas
SMOOTH TEXTURE Mya velvet cushion, £35, Made.com
MODERN SEAT Lounge braided rattan chair, £389, Amara
RATTAN NUMBER Itapema chair, £94.49, Maisons du Monde
GRAPHIC EDGE Galloway rug, £450, Habitat
FEATURE HEATHER YOUNG
SCANDI HOOK Nordic Beechwood coat hook, £8, Sainsbury’s
PLUSH FINISH Cotton Lustre cushion cover, £29, West Elm
SOFT UNDERFOOT Oska abstract rug, £389, Modern Rugs
SMART LOOK Aldwych coffee table in Snow, from £395, Neptune
STREAMLINED PIECE Hemnes coffee table, £95, Ikea OCTOBER 2017
The Ideal Home Guide to TIMELESS STYLE
Simple Scandi CLASSICALLY CURVACEOUS UPHOLSTERY AND ACCENT TABLES FROM THE IDEAL HOME RANGE AT VERY CREATE A ROOM FULL OF EASYGOING COLOUR AND CHARACTER
PROMOTIONAL FEATURE THE HERO PIECES CURVY SOFA Compact and in a colour that will suit all kinds of cushion switch-ups. WINGBACK CHAIR Classic mid-century styling – choose grey or add an accent hue with yellow. QUIRKY COFFEE TABLE A small-space solution with a choice of drawer colours. GEO RUG Zone a seating space while adding a hit of easy-to-mix-in colour. CONCRETE LAMP Gives a room designer style at a great price. SIDE TABLE Metallictipped for a little polish and useful in any room.
Chevron wallpaper Stops a Scandi scheme looking bland
WHERE TO BUY Orla coffee table, £139; Orla nest of three tables (two shown), £99; Orla console, £129; Mode three seater sofa, £749; Papillion chair, £249; Scandi Geo cushion, £14.99; Oslo cushion, £14.99; Kirkby Stabstitch velvet cushion, £22.99; vintage mirrors, £59.99 for a set of three; Mason marble and copper task lamp, £34.99; Stanton concrete pillar table lamp, £39.99; Geometric rug, from 64.99; all Ideal Home range, Very. White Planks flooring, £21.99 per sq m, Impressive collection, Quick-Step. Vector Slate wallpaper, £51 per roll, Scion
Key simple-Scandi “pieces are such a safe choice as they’re so easy to work in with different colours and looks as your tastes and needs change VANESSA RICHMOND, EDITOR WHERE TO BUY Teddy table, £39; Orla console, £129; Harmony bed frame, £449; Watercolour Aztec Stripe double duvet set, £35; Garfield mirrors, £129.99 for three; Jumbo Cord cushion, £9.99; Luxury Faux Fur cushion, £14.99; Scandi Geo cushion, £14.99; Alexa throw, £29.99; Hoxton concrete base table lamp, £32.99; Stanton concrete pillar table lamp, £39.99; Faux Fur double rug, £29.99; all Ideal Home Range, Very
Painted wall panels Let the colours from a patterned textile inspire you
PROMOTIONAL FEATURE IDEAL HOME LOVES…
Scandi-style buys at Very.co.uk GEO ACCENT Oslo cushion, £15
STATEMENT SHAPE Hexagonal wall mirror, £99
PILE ’EM UP Printed cube, £35
FEATURE NICKY PHILLIPS, VANESSA RICHMOND PHOTOGRAPHS DOMINIC BLACKMORE STYLING SARITA SHARMA
DESIGNER LOOKS Logan desk lamp, £40
A HINT OF PINK Wilton throw, £45
VERSATILE STYLE A low-slung unit like this can be useful in any space, not just living rooms Orla Blush TV unit, £199
FLEXIBLE SEATING Perfect for a teen’s room or family TV den Luxury lounger, £99
ACCENT CHAIR Add a pop of colour to a neutral scheme Citrus Papillion chair, £249
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40 Easy style updates
STYLE & DÉCOR
From best buys and clever tricks to mini décor projects… this is our roundup of the simplest, quickest ways to make your home more beautiful now
Lavender double bed frame in Argent, £795, Button & Sprung
Rework your colours
Ring the change of seasons by cosying up your bedroom for autumn. There’s no need for a complete overhaul – just work in a warmer background colour on the wall behind the bed, then restyle your bedding to match, using mellow tones of teal, charcoal, navy, russet and gold.
SCENT THE HOUSE Place a vanillascented tealight in a small bowl filled with coffee beans. The candle will heat the beans and create a delicious aroma.
Upholster with colour
If you’re replacing your sofa this year, or are getting a set of loose covers made, avoid safe neutrals and go for an easy-to-livewith, natural shade like this pine green. It works with all neutrals and is easy to dress up or down.
BRING MORE BLING TO YOUR TABLE
Posh up your dining table with a set of luxe goldﬁnish cutlery. Team it with plain plates in a dusky shade to make dinners a glam aﬀair. Tillagd 24 piece cutlery set, £40, Ikea
From top, Urban Obsession; Jurassic Stone; Dusted Fondant; all matt emulsion, £24.49 for 2.5ltr, Dulux
Take a new slant
Add an accent stripe to jazz up a plain wall. Paint it at an angle rather than horizontally, using low-tack masking tape for a crisp edge. Paint the area above in a contrasting colour for impact.
ADD SOME OUTDOOR COLOUR If summer pots and hanging baskets are past their best, replant them with winter bedding plants – winter pansies, cyclamen or polyanthus. Add structure with heathers, ivy and dwarf conifers.
STYLE & DÉCOR
STYLE UP YOUR COFFEE TABLE
Vases, from £12 each; tealight holders, £4.50 each; all National Trust Shop
Make your coﬀee table the focus with an artfully arranged tabletop. Choose a selection of objects – bowls, vases, ornaments, candles – choosing a colour or theme as a link. Try a stack of coﬀee table books to add height. Nyla table in grey/ copper, £99, Made.com
Update your accessories
Bring in seasonal accent colours to give a room a mini revamp. Go for warm russet, teal, indigo and emerald green to add an autumnal touch on ceramics, prints and soft furnishings.
PUT DOWN A FLOOR RUNNER Make your hall more welcoming with a smart sisal runner. Keep it in place using nonslip Grip a Rug, £6.49 for 5m, Lakeland. No 045 wall light, £60; No 049 walnut bed, £699; both Design Project range, John Lewis
Oliver three-seater sofa in Jade Smart Velvet, £1,940, Sofa.com
Switch to wall lights
Free up bedside space by swapping table lamps for a pair of wall-hung lights. Choose lights that are well-shielded so you can’t see the bulb and go for a design that can be ﬁxed to the wall without the need for wiring-in so you won’t have to redecorate.
STYLE & DÉCOR
Make your mark with a map
Give your dining room a traveller vibe with a vintage map mural. Go for a large-scale design that will completely cover one wall and keep the rest of the décor low key.
UPCYCLE AN OLD TRAY
Make a mini magnet board using an old metal tray – as long as it’s magnetic! Go for a tray with handles so you can tie on twine for easy hanging.
GO FOR EASY-GROW GREENERY
Plump for succulents as they won’t need much looking after. Plant in old enamel mugs or teapots - add gravel for drainage. Or try good-looking faux ones.
Faux succulents in mugs, £4 each, Dunelm
Ocean Currents Vintage Map mural, £25 per sq m, Murals Wallpaper
SQUEEZE IN A SPARE BED If you don’t have enough space for a sofabed, try a compact solution with this fold-out armchair that will take up next to no space in a teen’s bedroom or family den. That’s sleepovers sorted.
Rafael single sofabed, £249, Very
SORT KITCHEN SUPPLIES
Restore order to open shelves or cupboards with stacking storage crates. Sort table linens, cutlery and crockery or use them to stash cartons, packets, jars and bottles loitering at the back.
Natural Elements crates set, £24.99, Very
Give your kitchen a rustic touch
Beautiful wooden boards and spoons can be decorative as well as functional, so free up a shelf or hooks to put them on show. Bohemian Circles measuring spoons, £10; apron, £15; wooden spoons set, £6; wooden serving boards, £15 and £20; rolling pin, £8; wire egg run, £18; all National Trust Shop
DISPLAY AUTUMN FINDS Show off beautiful leaves in double-sided, hinged hanging frames, placing a single leaf in each – Cox & Cox has a set of copper-rimmed frames, £25 for three. Medium Cowbell pendant, £85, Loaf
Buy a fabulous pendant
Nothing updates a room as quickly or easily as an amazing light ﬁtting. For future versatility, go for an oversized clear glass shade teamed with a ﬁlament-style LED bulb for extra style points.
STYLE & DÉCOR Foxham love seat sofa, £818, Willow & Hall
Yellow ﬂoral double duvet set, £12, George Home
BRING OUT THE WINTER DUVET
Put lightweight summer bedding away and bring out the heavy-duty winter duvet. The higher a duvet’s tog rating, the warmer it will be - anywhere between 10.5 and 13.5 togs is warm enough for winter.
FILL A JAR WITH LIGHTS
Make a light display using Hobbycraft’s glass cloche with wooden base, £20. Arrange a set of battery-operated LED lights on the wooden base (with the battery pack hidden), switch on and replace the glass top.
Create a reading corner
Tumbled Glass; Palm Night; both matt emulsion, £24.49 for 2.5ltr, Dulux
Surround yourself with home comforts for the snuggest of winters, starting with a supersize armchair (or scaled-down sofa) you can really stretch out on.
DECORATE PUMPKINS FOR HALLOWE’EN Instead of carving pumpkins, let little ones decorate them with Sharpie pens. Draw on your design with pencil first, then ink over it with black pen.
Grow an indoor garden
Show off a display of plants by painting a band of contrasting colour on the wall behind to highlight foliage. Leave the top edge uneven for added effect.
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STYLE & DÉCOR
Make a DIY dresser
Save a fortune by creating your own bespoke dresser. Build a dresser base as your starting point, with a wooden worktop cut to ﬁt, then add open shelves and brackets above.
Clear the paper trail on your desk. File important paperwork away, bin junk mail and then organise the papers you need at hand in a letter rack. Copper letter rack, £8, George Home
Metod cabinet, from £87; Ekby Valter/ Ekby Hemnes shelf with brackets, from £16; all Ikea
UPCYCLE A CLIP FRAME Give a plastic clip frame a luxe look. Remove the glass before spraying the frame with Metallic Bright Copper paint, £6.86 per 400ml, Rust- Oleum.
TIDY UP YOUR DRESSING TABLE
Clear oﬀ random clutter that’s been gathering on your dressing table – odd earrings, spare lipsticks, hairbands - and make sure everything has a dedicated spot. Have a pot for make-up brushes, boxes for toiletries and mini drawers for jewellery, so it’s easy to pop things in rather than leaving surfaces to overﬂow.
Wire shelf rack, £75, Grace & Glory Home
SORT YOUR CRAFT KIT
Find a home for rolls of tape, string, stamps and other crafting essentials with this handy wire storage rack. Fix it on the wall above your work table so things are within easy reach.
Stacked cabinet drawer, £14, M&Co OCTOBER 2017
Dine by candlelight
Ditch overhead lighting when you’re entertaining and light the room with candles. Use candle sticks of varying sizes to line the mantelpiece and decorate the table with a row of glass bottles with a candle in each.
WORK YOUR WALL SPACE
If you’ve got a narrow hallway or are squeezed for space in a compact bathroom, opt for a mirror with an extra-deep frame. The built-in ledge doubles up as a small shelf, so you’ve somewhere handy to store all those extra odds and ends. Wood hexagon mirror, £85, Dickins & Jones range, House of Fraser
Christy Beauvais towels, £14; dish, £6; tumbler, £6; dispenser, £8; all JD Williams
ADD DRAMA TO YOUR BATHROOM
Swap those old white towels for something in a bold pattern or colour and tile a mini splashback with Morroccan-style tiles.
KEEP OUT THE COLD Put a floor-length curtain up at the front door to keep draughts out and heat in. Try House of Bath’s drapery arm, £19.95, which lets the curtain move with the door so it won’t end up tangled.
STYLE & DÉCOR
JAZZ UP A PLAIN LAMP
Update an old lamp by swapping a plain shade for a patterned one. Go for a shade roughly two-thirds the height of the base, with a diameter roughly an inch wider all-round than the widest part of the base.
Wild Flower Hedgerow drum lampshade, £25, Handmade at Amazon Osternas leather handles, from £10 for two, Ikea
Replace basic drawer pulls with a swish new set of leather handles to give a plain chest of drawers or cupboard a new look.
DECORATE A GARLAND Make a rustic, autumn garland. Buy a rattan wreath, from £2.50, Hobbycraft and decorate with leaves, berries and pinecones from the garden. Rose Blush 1884 wood and metal eggshell, £27 per ltr, Mylands
Vieux table, £699; Carver chairs in white, £375 per pair; Nova chairs in black, £190 per pair; all Harveys
Brighten up your bathtub
Give a tired-looking freestanding bath a colour update by painting it a fresh new shade. Pretty blush pink goes well with dark grey panelling and co-ordinating ﬂoor tiles to give a plain bathroom a glam new look.
STYLE & DÉCOR MorsØ Forno outdoor oven package, £1,999, John Lewis
Swap a bulky wooden bookcase for a lighter-weight alternative made in wire mesh. Garden Trading’s Portobello wire shelving unit, £350, makes the perfect industrial-style display unit.
Snuggle up outside
Arrange your outdoor set-up so you can spend time outside when the temperature drops. Gather round an outdoor oven for weekend pizzas by lantern-light, wrapped in cosy blankets.
DECLUTTER THE HALLWAY
UPDATE ON A DRESSER
Make space for a desk
If you need to work from home, but don’t have space for a full office set-up, consider a compact console that you can slip into the corner of the living room without it dominating the space. Desk, £79, George Home
Chockablock shelves, £345, Loaf
FEATURE LISA FAZZANI
Find a home for hall clutter in this clever console unit. Its dovetail joints mean you can arrange the drawers and shelves in whatever formation you like, to stash all those odd bits and pieces.
FIND A HOME FOR EVERYTHING Organise your workspace with personalised storage solutions from Hobbycraft Cover plain ﬁles with pretty prints for storage that’s both practical and stylish Kraft ﬁles, £3 each; paper, from £2 for three sheets
Make your own sewing kit with pin cushion on top! Jar, from 80p; fabric pack, from £5; stuffing, £3.50 for 250g
e all love getting stuck into a project, but bulging drawers and messy surfaces can prevent those creative ideas from flowing. Don’t waste precious time trying to find what you need among piles of paper, discarded crafting tools and stray sewing paraphernalia – with a little help from Hobbycraft, you can enjoy a clutter-free room in which everything has its place. CLEAR THE DECKS As well as being a one-stop shop for all your crafting supplies, Hobbycraft stocks a wide range of versatile, eye-catching storage solutions that will inject personality into your workspace and make tidying up less of a chore. From boxes and baskets to pin boards and pin cushions, you’ll find something for every problem and every budget.
Simple, effective and easy to personalise Mason jar, £1
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Stash your stuff in stackable boxes of all shapes and sizes Really Useful Boxes, from £2
Get ideas for your crafting projects at blog.hobbycraft.co.uk and browse the full range of tools and accessories at hobbycraft.co.uk.
BLEND-IN SHELVING Painted the same colour as the walls, it becomes part of the architecture for a seamless look
Mix mid-century and modern Karen’s mix of new and vintage furniture and salvaged ﬁnds blend easily with the house’s original Thirties features, like the panelled oak doors between the original and modern areas. BUY THE KEY PIECES Burns corner sofa, £2,500, The Sofa Library. Vintage chair and coffee table, from a selection on eBay. For a similar nest of tables, try Duhrer, £329, John Lewis
‘This style works in any type of house’ When you have an old house with a modern extension, do you choose period or contemporary style… or both? Karen Ogilvie and Jon Moore have found the answer
Welcome to my home …but round the back there’s now a large, modern extension
From the road, the house appears unchanged…
Karen Ogilvie works in human resources and lives here with her partner Jon Moore, a dentist. Jon’s three children aged 16, 18 and 20 are frequent visitors.
A four-bedroom Thirties semi in Bristol.
Take a quick tour...
A similar property would cost around £670,000.
This house doesn’t stand out, but when people come inside, they’re blown away! It’s everything we could possibly want
LIVING AREA UTILITY ROOM SNUG
hen Karen Ogilvie spotted the ‘For Sale’ sign outside a house on a quiet Bristol street, she knew there was more to the ordinary-looking semi than met the eye. ‘I’d lived a few doors along, so knew about the amazing city views at the back,’ she says. ‘It was very run-down, but had potential to extend, and my partner Jon and I could see that it could be fabulous.’ The original three-bedroom layout has remained intact, and the only change visible from the road is a new utility room tagged on to the side. At the back of the house though, a spectacular, light-filled kitchen, dining and living room have been added, with a big main bedroom suite above. ‘It was tempting to add two bedrooms, but we wanted the house to work long term for us as a couple, so we went for one really big, luxurious suite,’ Karen says. Both floors have vast
BEDROOM DRESSING AREA BEDROOM
windows, making the most of the panoramic views. Downstairs, they open out onto decking with steps down to the garden. ‘We dug down for extra height,’ says Karen. ‘I hadn’t realised the difference it would make, but it was the key to the success of the space.’ ‘We love entertaining and having parties, so opening up and extending the living area was an obvious move,’ says Karen. Life centres around the kitchen, dining and living space, where wood flooring and soft grey walls unite the different parts of the room. The height and huge windows of the new rooms contrast with the cosy Thirties proportions of the original parts of the house, but Karen and Jon have worked hard to make them flow together. ‘This house doesn’t immediately stand out, but when people come inside, they’re blown away,’ says Karen. ‘It’s everything we could possibly want.’
Buy the real thing
KAREN’S STYLE? Turn to page 107 to shop the look
Karen’s Fifties dining table, chairs and sideboard are big and characterful. ‘I love the quality and craftsmanship of old furniture,’ she says. ‘New can be more expensive and less well made.’ BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar sideboard, try the Circa, £599, Dwell
Use aged surfaces Stained oak ﬂooring and exposed bricks oﬀset the newness of the space. ‘I love the warmth and roughness of the wall,’ says Karen. ‘It’s made from brick slips, which are bricks sliced in half and ﬁtted like tiles.’
ORANGE FLEX An unusual way to add an accent
BUY THE KEY PIECES Stools in Bakerloo fabric, £78 per m, Kirkby Design. Varnish stools, £143 each, Tolix. Salvaged nautical lights, approx £250, Trinity Marine
SALVAGED STOOLS Saved from a local pub, cut down and reupholstered
Look online for gems Going for a retro, vintage look can end up looking shabby and pastiche, so choose simple pieces that have aged well. ‘We try to ﬁnd things that are in good condition and not too worn, like the turquoise armchair, which Jon spotted on eBay,’ says Karen. ‘It takes time to ﬁnd the real gems, but you’ll get something unique and great value.’ BUY THE KEY PIECES Walls painted in Dimpse and Mole’s Breath modern emulsion, both £43.50 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball. For similar dining chairs, try the Matthew Hilton Profile chairs, £245 each, John Lewis
The towel rail is made from a brass irrigation pipe that the couple found in the garden
PEEKABOO PATTERN Gives a functional larder cupboard a lift
Be savvy with storage As the kitchen is part of the open-plan living/dining space, Karen keeps clutter under control. Anything on surfaces is deliberately displayed, while the everyday essentials are hidden behind beautiful, ﬂoorto-ceiling, polished walnut cupboard doors that look more like panelling when closed. BUY THE KEY PIECES Bespoke kitchen units, The Kitchen Man. Starflower wallpaper, £74 per roll, Little Greene
COPPER TRIM Who says the business side of an island can’t be beautiful, too?
Getting the balance between “ modern and retro is key, so that old pieces don’t look out of place ”
FIREPLACE FEATURE If you don’t need it for heat, just use it as a display niche
Use a consistent backdrop colour ‘I’ve got the same grey walls almost everywhere, because I like a smooth ﬂow,’ says Karen. ‘I love bright accents like green, orange and turquoise, though.’ BUY THE KEY PIECES Catch 22 poster (unframed), £11.95, The Literary Gift Company. ES Stockholm Porto Green armchair, £258, Furniture Haus, is similar. For a similar rug, try Asiatic Eden 10 Pixel Green, £89, Rug Merchant
PAINTED SURROUND Makes ugly tiling easier to live with
The mirror frame and ledge are made from naturally water-resistant, reclaimed teak
Soften the palette for sleep spaces The pale grey and white theme continues upstairs. In the guest bedroom (originally the main bedroom, at the front of the house), Karen dropped her signature bright accents in favour of calm and restful shades of blue.
BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar throw, try the Hamilton in duck egg blue, £70, Laura Ashley. For a similar mirror, try the Adhika mango wood mirror, £190, Maisons du Monde
SKINNY WINDOW Saves more eye-level wall space than a landscape frame
Keep it simple Fuss-free, contemporary ﬁttings create a streamlined look where space is tight. Wave-textured tiling adds interest to a plain grey scheme. BUY THE KEY PIECES New York Brooklyn and Staten tiles, £34.97 per sq m, Mandarin Stone. Porcelanosa Ona tiles in Natural, £60.36 per sq m, Tile and Stone Online. Orla Kiely Stem Jacquard towels, £22 each, Amara OCTOBER 2017
Layer colours Karen has used two greys in the main bedroom, to ‘zone’ spaces: a darker shade for the dressing area by the back wall, and a mid tone on the partition wall – the perfect backdrop for her plush feature headboard.
Giant headboards Practical, comfortable – and a feature wall. Karen’s is covered in shiny velvet
BUY THE KEY PIECES Walls painted in Dimpse and Mole’s Breath modern emulsion, both £43.50 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball. For similar headboard fabric, try Arcadia, £108 per m, F&P Interiors. Croft Collection Campbell wall light, £75, John Lewis
WHAT WE LEARNED
Lighting is really “important in an open-plan space and building an extension is a brilliant opportunity to tailor things to suit you. But you have to plan ahead and know what your layout is going to be first
FEATURE ANNABELLE GRUNDY, VANESSA RICHMOND PHOTOGRAPHS COLIN POOLE PLANS AGENCY SERVICE
Karen’s dressing table was a reclamation-yard find, teamed with a reupholstered vintage chair
CLEVER BLINDS Remote control ones at the top and pull-up ones at the bottom fit perfectly
Add warmth… and ‘wow’ moments Extensions can give you spaces that are big, bright – and boring. So think about textural ﬂooring like Karen has used in the main bedroom, bold black window frames and statement pieces of furniture to create focal points. BUY THE KEY PIECES Chair covered in Harbourne Citrus, from £75 per m, GP & J Baker. Hampen rug, £30, Ikea. Original BTC Hector Bibendum wall light, £139, John Lewis
Inject character with interesting artwork Karen turned the stairwell and landing into an art gallery with framed prints and mementos – including her dad’s old skis! BUY THE KEY PIECES Vintage wooden skis are available on Etsy, from £120
PANEL SWAP Replacing wood with glass lets light flow into smaller rooms
Make it work for you KAREN’S STYLE: RECLAIMED RETRO Bold brights and funky prints teamed with mid-century pieces and old-school finds create a cool, vintage atmosphere
Complement original mid-century pieces with modern finds
5 WHERE TO BUY 1. TEALIGHT HOLDER Golden tealight holder, £42, Sweetpea & Willow
FEATURE TARA KING
2. CUSHION Fiona velvet cushion, £33, Ragged Rose 3. DINING CHAIR Vintage Ben dining chair with velvet upholstery, £195, The Old Cinema 4. BOTTLE Clear glass bottle, £17, Kelly Hoppen
5. RADIO Retro radio, £39.99, TK Maxx 6. SIDEBOARD Aveiro oak sideboard, £699, Made.com 7. TEAPOT Orla Kiely teapot in Dandelion, £50, Amara
8. WALL CLOCK Pluto wall clock, £140, Dowsing & Reynolds OCTOBER 2017
PROMOTIONAL FEATURE NATURAL BEAUTY Get the country look with beautiful linens Hurricane lantern, £40; tablecloth, from £30; all Next
ADD A LITTLE RUSTIC LUXE
Transform your home with natural materials, calming colours and a touch of sophistication from the new Country Luxe range by Next
or a scheme that’s easy to live with and has timeless appeal, you can’t go wrong with country style. Its mix of natural materials, soft colour and lovely rustic texture, creates a versatile look that will instantly turn your house into a warm and inviting home, wherever you live.
INSPIRED BY THE COUNTRY
The new Country Luxe range from Next’s autumn/winter collection takes inspiration from the heart of the Cotswolds to create a quintessential British look that’s easy on the eye. Elegant dressers in chalky washed wood are ﬁnished with beautiful curved lines and delicate spindle legs, while smart upholstered beds, sofas and armchairs feature classic details, such as
rolled arms and castor feet for a reﬁned look. With a focus on natural materials, the range includes linen, cotton and matt velvet seating, cosy woven and waffle throws, and soft textiles in muted shades of milky white, warm ochre and oyster grey – all the elements you need to create a calm, neutral scheme with an air of luxury.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
The new autumn/winter collection at Next features four stylish ranges to suit all tastes: Country Luxe, Salvage, Cultivate and Beyond Modern, each with stylish on-trend furniture, fabrics and accessories, at great prices to help you create your perfect home affordably.
CALM PALETTE Bring a neutral sofa to life with cushions in a mix of colours and textures Lanston sofa, from £799; cushions, from £16; all Next
PROMOTIONAL FEATURE SOFT TOUCH Add a little luxury with matt velvet upholstery Johanna chair in matt velvet mustard, from £499, Next
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Chrıstmas Dress your home for Christmas with hundreds of brilliant ideas for making it special
Create the warmest of welcomes – inside & out
Best bakes, tasty tipples, Christmas lunch & more…
‘We squeezed so much into our new loft room’
Loft rooms can be tricky – especially when there are sloping ceilings to contend with – but the Augustowskas managed to split theirs into a bedroom, en suite and dressing area
FRETWORK TABLE For an airier feel than solid wooden cabinets
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Luxe curtains Pair with sheers for privacy and hotel style. A contrasting border can be switched for a new accent colour
Welcome to my home Ewa Augustowska lives here with her husband, Marius and their children, Julia, 12, and Adam, seven. THE PROPERTY A four-bedroom 1930s terrace in North London. BESPOKE BED Designer style on a smaller budget – this one cost £1,250 ‘I’m thrilled how much we’ve got out of this space,’ says Ewa. ‘I’ve used neutral colours as it’s a space for both of us, and the browns and greys work really well’ Bed, £1,250; oak flooring, £70 per sq m; side lights, £150 each; all Amberth. Walls painted in Strong White estate emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball
WHAT IT COST Wardrobes.........£4,500 Bed.....................£1,250 Curtains..............£1,300 Flooring..............£1,400 Furniture.............£1,005 Lighting.................£300 Panelling............£1,500 Paint spraying..£589.50 Sanitaryware......£6,990 Tiles.....................£1,160 TOTAL................£19,995
so peaceful “upIt’s here! I love the soothing neutral tones we chose
HOW EWA AND MARIUS DID IT ‘When we bought this house five years ago, it was always with an eye on converting the loft. When guests came to stay, they’d sleep in Julia’s room and she would bunk in with her brother. But, as they got older and needed their own space, we decided to do the loft and turn our bedroom into a guest room and office. We run a building company, so we knew about the basics, but used another firm,
Amberth, to do everything, including the design, build and project management. I didn’t want the bathroom to be sectioned off with walls, but nor did I want it to be open plan, so Amberth came up with the idea of Japanese-style opaque glass doors to divide off the back of the room. This left the space under the eaves for a lovely big dressing area. The build took three months and cost £45,000.’
BELOW ‘Under the eaves was the obvious place for his-and-hers drawers,’ says Ewa. ‘I’m a neat freak and I store everything by colour and can find what I want instantly, which gives me real pleasure! The small space in the corner is right underneath a skylight, so was the perfect spot for a dressing table’ Fitted drawers, £4,500; desk, £550; ottoman, £380; all Amberth. Chair, £225, Graham & Green
EWA’S NEUTRAL LOOK? Turn to page 119 to shop her style
BEDROOM BENCH Handy for putting on shoes and laying out the next day’s outfit
BEDROOM PROJECT OPAQUE GLASS Gain privacy without blocking light
CEILING LIGHT Saves space on the bedside table and means no trailing cables
ABOVE ‘The panelling adds texture and acts as a headboard, too,’ says Ewa Faux-leather panelling, £250 per sq m, Amberth BELOW ‘The bathroom has an Art Deco feel,’ says Ewa. ‘Spraying the brassware black made a big difference’ Marble wall tiles, £60 per sq m, Mandarin Stone. Mirror cabinets, £790, Amberth
FEATURE STEPHANIE SMITH, VANESSA RICHMOND PHOTOGRAPHS DAVID GILES
ABOVE ‘The bathroom has been screened off with glass doors which add a real elegance to the room. It was a great solution as we haven’t lost any of the light. I’ve made sure the colours
tone in and go through to the bedroom,’ says Ewa Glass and metal doors, £4,700; Neolith Piedra large format floor tiles, £280 per sq m; curtains, £1,300; all Amberth
WHAT WE LEARNED
There are so “many options for
dividing a room – you need to think about the purpose of the space. We went for fixed doors to make our en suite feel separate
ADD A DESIGNER TOUCH
Jasper Conran’s autumn/winter collection for Debenhams offers a fresh take on mid-century style
PICK YOUR FAVOURITE PIECES
Standout accessories by Jasper Conran at Debenhams LIGHT-BULB MOMENT Think minimalist chic Lamp, £55
TIME TO SHINE Lift your room with metallics Candle holder, £15
SNUGGLE UP Add interest with linear pattern Cushion, £32
GO GREEN Don’t forget the ﬁnishing touches Vase, £28
THE DARK SIDE Hunker down for winter with a rich palette of olive green, midnight blue and spicy yellow. Add warmth and energy with metallic accents Ellsworth yellow velvet sofa, £1,140. Blade navy rug, 200cm x 300cm, £570; both J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams
or more than 20 years, Debenhams has collaborated with some of the hottest names in British fashion and design to bring distinctive designer-led furniture and homewares to a wider audience.
J BY JASPER CONRAN
Jasper Conran has been part of the portfolio since 1996. His mid-centuryinspired autumn/winter range mixes sleek silhouettes with sophisticated materials and sartorial elegance. Accessories in smooth marble and metallic tones add on-trend industrial elegance to any scheme. ‘I’ve taken inspiration from the timeless
silhouette of a reading lamp and reimagined it in brushed gold and marble to create a collection of ﬂoor and tabletop pieces,’ says Jasper. His new textiles also enhance the sense of luxury in the collection. ‘I’ve focussed on using velvet, textural linear embroidery and graphic patterns, in a rich palette of navy blues and shades of green,’ he adds.
SHOP THE LOOK
For tailor-made furniture and accessories that add an enticing touch of warmth and sophistication to your winter home, check out the new J by Jasper Conran range at Debenhams.
Layers of merlot and navy are a cosy alternative to white linen Kempton berry duvet cover, £65; pillowcases, £26 for two; both J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams
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Make it work for you EWA’S STYLE: MODERN LUXE Layering natural textures, from reclaimed wood to soft hide, and adding retro-style pieces will create a sophisticated look
BOLD AS BRASS Brass LP ceiling lamp, House Doctor DK range, £170, Arbol House
ON YOUR BIKE Bicycle cushion, Two Ugly Sisters range, £15.95, Etsy
GILDED EDGE Marble print trinket box, £25, Marks & Spencer
FLOOR FEATURE Rodeo cow skin rug, £329, The Rug Seller
FEATURE STEPHANIE DURRANT
TO THE WIRE Vintage sleek Edison wire pendant in brass, Industville range, £29, Lime Lace
RETRO FEEL Watts acacia desk, £299, Swoon Editions
SOLID WOOD Aspen acacia storage desk, £659, Cult Furniture
BE SEATED Ludwig armchair in Silver Grey, £599, Swoon Editions
PEDAL POWER Luxbon bicycle print cushion, £4.79, Amazon
ORNATE LOOK Caprio pair of metal mesh side tables, £179, Artisanti
TRINKET BOX Large marble jewellery box, £24, Oliver Bonas
PERFECT PERCH Noah chair in Koala Cub velvet, £499, The Lounge Co
RUSTIC RUG Cowhide, from £199, The French Bedroom Company
IN THE METAL Drum nest side tables, £154, Sweetpea & Willow OCTOBER 2017
RELAX IN A STYLISH HAVEN
Sweet dreams are made of the new Maison Francaise range by Dunelm says stylist and instagrammer Eimear Varian-Barry
SOFTLY DOES IT Mix bed linen and throws in pastel shades with a touch of charcoal for deﬁnition Amelie upholstered bedstead, from £599; Pivione duvet set, from £22, pillowcases, £6 each; Blush lace-edge bedspread, from £65; grey pompom throw, £50; all Dunelm
It’s hard to decide what “ my favourite piece is - there are just so many nice things! ”
EIMEAR VARIAN-BARRY, STYLIST & INSTAGRAMMER
Turn up the cosy factor Madison Waffle throw, £20; chunky knit cushion, £15; both Dunelm
THE BEST ELEGANT ACCESSORIES
We picked out a few more key pieces to inject chateau chic into your home Turn walls into a work of art Hand painted ﬂoral canvas, £20, Dunelm
MIX IT UP The best dressed surfaces feature a clever mix of stylish accessories, from frames and vases to candlesticks Candelabra, £20; grey ﬂuted vase, from £14; picture frames, from £5; all Dunelm
unelm has always been a brand that inspires me and somewhere I love to shop,’ reveals Eimear Varian-Barry. ‘But there’s something so fresh and exciting about the autumn-winter collection, I just adore it!’ Styled with furniture and accessories from Dunelm’s new Maison Francaise range, this chateauchic bedroom was finessed by Eimear’s enviable eye for design and detail. ‘The gorgeous dusky pink and pompom throws were must-haves for a cosy touch to the bed and I also wanted the lovely vintagestyle picture frames for the dressing table,’ says Eimear, who admitted to falling in love with the pompom throw so much she almost smuggled it home under her jumper! ‘Who wouldn’t want to wrap up in this on a chilly evening?’ she confesses.
CLASSIC MEETS CONTEMPORARY While inherently classic, the Maison Francaise range is brought bang up to date with subtle modern shapes, finishes and colours including a dark charcoal and
Enjoy the soft ﬂicker of candlelight Hanging candlestick holder, £15, Dunelm
chalk white palette, softened by pastel highlights. The collection features stylish seating, cushions, ceramics, lighting and storage furniture as well as the beautiful bedroom furniture, bed linen and accessories shown here. ‘The gorgeous pieces would work equally well in a living or dining room to create a grown-up elegant scheme with a sophisticated French antique vibe,’ says Eimear. Gentle and easy on the eye, the Maison Francaise range is just as easy to work into an existing room as it is to create a scheme from scratch. ‘Interior style is so personal,’ says Eimear. ‘I like things to look natural, so I’ll definitely be picking up a few bits from Maison Francaise for my own home.’
Dunelm’s autumn/winter collection has something to suit everyone, with ranges from the warm and cosy Keeper’s Lodge to the opulent Colonial Charm - and all at great prices. Visit dunelm.com now to create your stylish haven...
Super soft to touch Bryony Grey Quilted Velvet cushion, £16, Dunelm
The perfect sideboard centerpiece Hand thrown bowl, £25, Dunelm
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To see all of Dunelm’s new ranges for autumn/winter 2017, visit dunelm.com
‘I knew I wanted very plain, dark units and a large island separating the kitchen and dining areas,’ says Kate. ‘The wooden floor adds warmth. I echoed it in the bar stools and added little industrial metal touches, so I think the whole kitchen has an individual style.’ Bespoke units, £13,800; Marble worktop, £2,500; oak flooring, £49.99 per sq m; all Empire Build
‘We had to think big to make it work’
By knocking through and extending out, the Strong family have created the multipurpose cooking, eating and living space they needed
BE FOR E
EXTRACTOR SCREEN ‘This copper-finish door front looks like it’s floating,’ says Kate
Welcome to my home Kate Strong lives here with her husband, Andrew, and their seven-year-old twins, Oscar and Saskia.
BLUE-VEIN MARBLE The perfect contrast to plain dark-blue units
THE PROPERTY A four-bedroom Edwardian house, with a one-bedroom basement annexe in Wandsworth, southwest London. WHAT IT COST Cabinetry...........£13,800 Worktops.............£3,500 Appliances..........£3,058 Flooring................£1,999 Lighting....................£147 Paint..........................£158 Bar stools................£550 TOTAL................£23,21
It makes me “smile just to walk
in here! I adore the dark colours
KATE’S DARK AND DRAMATIC STYLE? Turn to page 137 to find out more
HOW KATE AND ANDREW DID IT ‘We moved here because we liked the width of the house and the large garden. It needed renovating, but we knew we’d be able to create enough living space on the ground floor. It was an obvious idea to extend across the back and replace the tired old kitchen, but our plans changed when my mother came to live with us. We decided to go in together to create a basement flat for her, with our extended
kitchen-diner on top, opening out onto a large decked area. Our architect, James Munro from Granit, came up with a design we loved. The build took about 10 months, with installing the bespoke kitchen taking about four weeks, at a cost of £2,500. There’s so much space in here to entertain now and, other than when we’re sleeping or bathing, we spend all our time in here now.’
FEATURE STEPHANIE SMITH, VANESSA RICHMOND PHOTOGRAPHS DAVID GILES
ABOVE ‘When it came to zoning this big space, it seemed obvious to put the dining area next to the deck outside,’ says Kate, ‘so we would be able to open the doors on fine days. The touches of copper in the kitchen inspired me, so I sought out a copper-topped table. I teamed it with black chairs to keep the dark, cosy feel going.’ Wishbone chairs, £139 each, Cult Furniture. Poolside Gossip framed print, from £120, Edge Prints
KITCHEN PROJECT Kate’s bespoke fitted units are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Blue Black Estate Eggshell. ‘The worktops at the back are plain white composite to add some contrast,’ she says Bespoke larder unit, £2,000; composite worktop, £1,100; both Empire Build
ABOVE ‘With so much pattern in the marble worktop, I wanted variety in the copper of the table, so the two surfaces could echo each other,’ says Kate Copper-topped table, £1,500, Run Projects BELOW ‘There’s such an expanse of the dark blue, so I opted for wooden veg drawers to add a contrast – and the veg stays fresher for longer!’ says Kate For a freestanding drawer unit, try Wooden vegetable store, £119, Quickcrop
Larder units ‘If I don’t have time for a proper clear-up, I just put everything in it and close the doors!’ says Kate
WHAT I LEARNED
went to the stone yard to see “theI different types and chose my own slab for the island. It’s worth going for the chunkier 40mm size. It’s so hard wearing and heat resistant, and I never get bored looking at it!
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Make it work for you KATE’S STYLE: DARK AND DRAMATIC Blue-black cabinets, marble worktops and accents of copper, steel and wood make a stunning combination of materials
Subtle industrial elements give the space character
FEATURE LISA FAZZANI PHOTOGRAPHS DAVID GILES
WHERE TO BUY 1. MIXER TAP Eiger tap, £235, Franke 2. PENDANT Bristol light, £49, Heal’s 3. WORKTOP Statuario, £400 per sq m, Eternal Series, Silestone 4. PAINT Black Blue estate eggshell, £24 for 750ml, Farrow & Ball 5. BAR STOOL Welles stool in white
and mango wood, £129, Swoon Editions 6. BOWLS Cereal bowls, £29.50 for three, Atelier
7. MIXER Artisan 4.8ltr stand mixer, £739, KitchenAid 8. TABLE Table, £795, Loaf 9. CHOPPING BOARD Wooden board, £4, Wilko OCTOBER 2017
‘It’s a welcoming and friendly space now’ Louise and Ryland Morgans extended their small kitchen and swapped a severe, monochrome scheme for a warm, characterful country look suited to family life and entertaining friends
‘Making the room larger gave us enough space to have an island unit for guests and family to gather around,’ says Louise. ‘Before, everyone would be in the living room, so the kitchen always felt isolated’ Shaker units, £480 for a 600mm base unit; solid oak worktop, £300 per linear m; all Chalkhouse Interiors. Units painted in Cornforth White estate eggshell, £60 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball
BE FOR E
LOUISE’S STYLE? Turn to page 133 to find out more
Welcome to my home Louise Morgans lives here with her husband Ryland and their children Freddie, five and Steffan, four. THE PROPERTY A four-bedroom detached Edwardian house in Cardiff. WHAT IT COST Units......................£16,714 Worktops..............£3,588 Sink...........................£324 Tap............................£298 Cooker...................£1,600 Tiles...........................£145 Flooring...............£4,623 TOTAL..............£27,292
the perfect “fitIt’s for our family
and if we want to change the units in future we’ll only need a new paint colour
RISE & FALL LIGHTS Traditional Frenchstyle ceramic lighting can be raised or lowered, as needed
Multifunctional islands A centre island with open shelving gives easy access to everyday crockery, plus bar-style seating
HOW LOUISE AND RYLAND DID IT ‘We lived with the old kitchen for more than two years and, although it was functional, it just wasn’t our style. For a large house, the kitchen was disproportionately small. We decided to knock together the kitchen and the adjoining utility, and add an extension. Oriel Architects designed the structure and the project took six months. Chalkhouse Kitchens painted and installed
the units for £2,800, and our designer was willing to use email and Skype to keep the project on track. I wanted a style that would suit our Edwardian home, but with a modern twist. I initially considered a dark navy finish, but worried that it would date too quickly. I love the new design and the warm, organic materials we’ve used. It looks like it’s always been here.’
ABOVE ‘I needed a space at the island where the boys can eat or sit with their colouring books,’ says Louise. ‘I prefer them to be in sight when I’m in the kitchen, and the old room didn’t work in this respect’ Cobb Rise and Fall pendants, £215 each, Original BTC. Ercol Originals bar stools, £169 each, Hunters Furniture. Ted Todd Classic Whinfell engineered oak flooring, £90.85 per sq m, RR Stone
KITCHEN PROJECT ‘My old glass hob was hard to clean,’ says Louise. ‘This traditional-style range has all mod cons, as well as the look I was after’ Professional 100 + range cooker, £1,600, Rangemaster
HANDSOME HOOD Hides the big extractor needed to serve the range cooker
ABOVE ‘I used white Metro tiles for the splashback to give a clean look with a modern twist,’ says Louise Mini Metro white gloss tiles, £30.22 per sq m, Tons Of Tiles. Oyster Quartz Carrara Classico worktops, £360 per m, Cardiff Marble A pull-out rack fills a spare few inches in a run of units
FEATURE CAROLINE FOSTER, VANESSA RICHMOND STYLING DILLY ORME PHOTOGRAPHS DAVID PARMITER
WHAT WE LEARNED
essential to factor “in It’s a healthy contingency fund, as we discovered. Despite the unexpected expense of a structural support beam that was required across the length of the kitchen, we kept to our budget, because we had put aside the extra money, just in case
Make it work for you LOUISE’S STYLE: CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC
Shaker-style cabinets teamed with oak surfaces, white brick tiles and classic accessories give this kitchen timeless appeal
Neutral accessories in different textures add subtle interest to the scheme
FEATURE LISA FAZZANI PHOTOGRAPHS DAVID PARMITER
WHERE TO BUY 1. PRINT X Ray Hydrangea print, £25, Marks & Spencer
5. STORAGE JAR Lotta container, £22.50, LSA International
2. LIGHT Cobb Rise and Fall large pendant light, £215, Original BTC
6. JUG Pitcher, £30, Sophie Conran for Portmeirion
3. TILE White Chapel tile, £29.95 per sq m, Walls and Floors 4. SHELF Ekby Osten/Ekby Hensvik shelf with brackets, £13, Ikea
7. STOOL Originals tall bar stool, £230, Ercol 8. BOWL Tribal bowl, £3, Matalan 9. RANGE COOKER Professional Deluxe 100, £2,084, Rangemaster
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â€˜We wanted a different look, so we designed our ownâ€™ Natalie Wheeler and Paul Killacky took their ideas to an independent designer, who created a unique kitchen planned around their needs and space
KITCHEN PROJECT A big, multifunctional island is the hub for cooking, prep and storage. ‘It’s a joy,’ says Natalie. ‘I love the workmanship – we kept it simple to show off the different woods used for the ply. The detail in the open shelving and the way it seems to float on a lit, recessed plinth is exactly what we were after’ Kitchen with 40mm oak worktop, £25,000, Hutchinson Furniture
Inset handles give the units a streamlined, contemporary finish
Welcome to my home Natalie Wheeler lives here with her husband, Paul and children, Thea, 12 and Alex, 10.
A five-bed Edwardian semi in Cheltenham.
WHAT IT COST
Ply units Made from thin layers of birch and walnut – they’re super-strong and moisture-resistant
Units, worktop and fitting..........£25,000 Granite worktops and fitting............£2,250 Appliances..........£2,528 Sink..........................£225 Tap.........................£1,240 Splashback............£POA Flooring................£4,320 TOTAL...............£35,563
Having had so much input into the design of the kitchen adds to our enjoyment of the space
HIDDEN SOCKETS Inside the top drawer for a mixer or laptop
NATALIE’S STYLE? Turn to page 139 to shop the look
HOW NATALIE AND PAUL DID IT ‘Our old kitchen had potential, but it looked tired and dark, and disjointed, too, with three different types of flooring. We wanted a stylish space that had lots of character and was fun to be in. We started by knocking down the old conservatory, which brought in more light. We extended out and to the side, which gave us plenty of room and a more interesting space. The build took five months and the work cost
£100,000. We had really strong ideas about what we wanted – an island where we could hang out with the kids and, lookswise, we were after something a bit different and settled on a mix of solid oak, with birch and walnut ply for the units. We needed someone to make it for us and met Will Hadland of Hutchinson Furniture at a design show. He interpreted our ideas brilliantly and we’re thrilled with how it turned out.’
ABOVE Full-height doors at the end of the extension flood the whole space with light, while large-format, concrete-look tiles make the narrow kitchen look wider and more spacious. ‘The new layout is great for socialising, family time and just day to day life,’ says Natalie Walls painted in Coconut Juice matt emulsion, £24 for 2.5ltr, Valspar range, B&Q. Gubi Cloud floor tiles, £60 per sq m, Living Ceramics range, Tiles to You
DARK WALLS Make crockery displayed on open shelves stand out
ABOVE ‘Our splashback is copper-wrapped MDF, brushed and lacquered to stop it tarnishing,’ explains Natalie. ‘It changes in different lights – sometimes it has a soft, peachy glow and other times it’s vibrant’ Splashback, price on application, Q&M Services
FEATURE REBECCA MORRIS, VANESSA RICHMOND STYLING SIAN WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHS HEATHER GUNN
ABOVE ‘Although we chose oak for the island top, we went for granite on the run of units, with a textured finish for contrast,’ says Natalie Granite 20mm worktop, £2,250, Hatherley Worktops. For a similar electric double oven, try NEFF U16E74N5GB, £1,289, Currys
RIGHT The couple knocked down a conservatory to build this extension, which gave them a dining space opening onto the garden Walls painted in Thunder Cloud matt emulsion, £24 for 2.5ltr, Valspar range, B&Q. For a similar table, try the Burchill, £599, Marks & Spencer
WHAT WE LEARNED
Good design takes “time! We knew what we wanted and stuck to our guns. Getting all the details right was a long process, but worth it because we got everything we wanted
What is true warmth? True warmth isnâ€™t something you can touch; it isnâ€™t something you can see but it is something you can feel. It is the feeling of genuine happiness. It is the feeling of security and comfort. It is a feeling that you and your family can experience in your own home.
Discover your true warmth truewarmth.co.uk
Make it work for you NATALIE’S CHOICE: A PLYWOOD KITCHEN Plywood complements both traditional and contemporary kitchens. Tempted? This is what you need to know… As the trend for industrial interiors continues, the interest in using plywood has soared. This unassuming layered timber solution is perfect for creating a pared-back look and it’s a great money-saver, too.
Why is plywood a popular choice for kitchens? Kitchens look stunning in a combination of textures and ply can be used to lift a scheme, add warmth and give a hand-crafted finish. It’s also incredibly strong and can be left unfinished or painted, varnished or covered in a melamine veneer to add colour.
Is it expensive? No, it’s a cheap alternative to solid wood and its lightness belies its strength. Prices vary depending on the thickness (three ply, five ply and so on) and the thicker it is, the less flexible it will be. If you need to bend your ply, go for a thin version. Marine plywood is the most pricey, as it’s made from quality hardwood veneers with the best resins. Generally, the fewer the knots, the more it costs.
FEATURE HAYLEY GILBERT PHOTOGRAPHS HEATHER GUNN
What look does it create? A pale birch or beech ply is ideal for a clean, modern vibe,
while a dark species such as walnut, cherry or mahogany creates a more traditional feel.
Are there companies that specialise in using ply? As well as Hutchinson Furniture, other companies include Londonbased Uncommon Projects (07910 248384; uncommon projects.co.uk) and Sustainable Kitchens in Bath (0117 961 6471; sustainablekitchens.co.uk). Naked Kitchens also uses birch ply in its bespoke designs (01328 838854; nakedkitchens.com).
Does it stain easily? Any surface will stain if a spillage is left on long enough, so always remove it quickly. The end grain of ply is porous so it’s susceptible to water damage. For an unfinished look, protect your ply with a water-based matt lacquer. Or apply a sanding sealer as a base coat, then stain or paint the ply in your chosen colour.
Opt for pale plywood to create a fresh, modern feel
When sanded and lacquered, the edge of marine ply board makes a very interesting feature
WILL HADLAND, MANAGING DIRECTOR & CABINET MAKER, HUTCHINSON FURNITURE
IDEAL HOME LOVES… STATEMENT PLY BUYS
BEST FOR… DIFFERENT LOOKS • Plywood comes in many forms, from solid wooden boards to smooth hardwood ply and tongue-and-groove. It’s made from thin layers of wood veneers, which are glued together to form a sheet. INSIDE AND OUT • Plywood is graded from A to D, with A being perfect, and D being best used beneath other materials so that it’s not on show.
TAKE A SEAT Simple yet timeless style Hemming dining chair with plywood seat, £59, Cult Furniture
TIME PIECE Suits a minimalist scheme Newgate Mr Clarke small light plywood clock, £40, Cotswold Trading
COLOUR BLOCK Has a chic plywood grain Zink console with painted front, £670, Noxu Home
SHELF LIFE Display your key pieces Round Dorm shelf by Ferm Living, £126, Cloudberry Living
VERSATILITY • Plywood offers variations in tone, colour and thickness to suit any project.
SUPERSIZED WINDOW The couple enlarged the window and fitted an opaque door panel, instead
AGNES’S STYLE? Turn to page 145 to find out more
‘A small bathroom can still pack a punch’ Agnes Kolski and Andrzej Nowak swapped their fussy, old-fashioned bathroom for this sleeker and simpler, but far more sophisticated, look
BATHROOM PROJECT ‘We decided on charcoal grey, floor-to-ceiling tiles for a seamless look and a built-in basin with a composite countertop, splashback and bath surround, so it all matches,’ says Agnes. ‘We were longing to introduce some colour, too, so we had the brassware sprayed bright yellow to really jazz things up!’ Meteor wall and floor tiles, £55 per sq m, Tower Ceramics. Bath mat, £7, Ikea
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Welcome to my home SUNKEN BATH Slotting it between joists gives extra head height
Agnes Kolski lives here with her boyfriend, Andrzej Nowak. THE PROPERTY A two-bed Fifties detached bungalow in north London. WHAT IT COST Sanitaryware.......£1,600 Shower....................£650 Basin and countertops.........£2,350 Tiles.........................£550 Radiator...................£220 Mirror cabinets.......£850 Spray painting........£450 TOTAL.................£6,670
We like strong “colours and
something out of the ordinary, so beige walls and neutral accessories weren’t going to be our cup of tea!
Sprayed brassware Pick an amazing accent colour to turn taps and fittings into a feature
ABOVE ‘Putting four wall-mounted mirrored cabinets above the worktop gives us all the storage space we need, as well as reflecting light around |the room,’ says Agnes Mirrored cabinets with demisters and LED lights, £850, Amberth
COMPOSITE STONE BASIN For a more seamless, matt look than white porcelain
HOW AGNES AND ANDRZEJ DID IT ‘We’d rented for years before buying this bungalow a year ago. It was run down, but we knew we could make it our own. This is the only bathroom in the house, so we wanted to have a decent-sized bath and a proper shower. We’re both tall, but the ceilings aren’t very high, which was going to be a problem. A design company, Amberth, had been recommended to us, so we decided to see what they could
do. They suggested sinking the bath between the joists, which makes the room feel more spacious and it’s easy to step down into it. They also came up with the idea of a full-length window with opaque glass to bring more light in. The building work and installation took four weeks and cost £9,500. We love it and know we’ll be happy with it for a really long time.’
LEFT ‘Including the radiator in the spraying provides a splash of yellow on the grey wall. The colour stands out so well against the deep grey of the tiles,’ says Agnes Heated towel rail, £220, Amberth. Grey towel, £20, John Lewis. Geometric towel, £25, TK Maxx BELOW ‘As we were having a false wall put in for the new plumbing, we took the opportunity to add in some niche inserts for storing toiletries, as it would be really tricky to reach them otherwise,’ says Agnes Shower, £400, Amberth
FEATURE STEPHANIE SMITH, VANESSA RICHMOND PHOTOGRAPHS DAVID GILES
LARGE FORMAT TILES Fewer grout lines gives a simpler, more spacious look in a small bathroom
LEFT ‘The basin is built into the worktop with the splashback in the same material so it looks like it’s growing out of the wall,’ says Agnes. ‘As it’s deep, it contains splashes’ Beton 20mm composite worktop, built in basin and splashback, £2,100, Amberth
WHAT WE LEARNED
Using a design company “helped us to think outside the box, and it meant we didn’t have to wait for tradesmen
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Make it work for you AGNES’S CHOICE: A SUNKEN BATH The perfect solution if your bathroom lacks ceiling height but you’re determined to have a luxurious bath Sunken baths, usually associated with spa retreats and boutique hotels, can add a touch of luxury and create impact at home, too.
What are the benefits? As they take up less space and don’t obstruct sightlines or windows, a sunken bath will make your bathroom feel bigger. And, as Agnes found, sinking a bath can provide extra head height for showering in low-ceilinged or awkward-shaped rooms.
Are there any negatives? Besides installation costs, the main issue is that it can be difficult for elderly people and children to get in and out of a sunken bath. Bathing small children and cleaning the tub may also put more strain on your back.
How low can I go? A sunken bath sitting flush to the floor is a major undertaking. Far easier is partially sinking your tub, which still allows access for waste maintenance. Go as low as the void between your floor joists allows – a structural engineer can say if they offer sufficient support – but leave access for pipe repairs.
Who will do it? The building work can be a DIY job. You may need a frame support that the bath slots into, to help carry the load and ensure it doesn’t flex. A qualified plumber should connect the water and drainage, and ensure it all complies with building regulations.
Make your bathroom an oasis of comfort
Which bath should I buy? An inset bath that’s reinforced or rigid won’t flex as you step into it. Look for high-quality acrylic, like Lucite, or enamelled steel. Go for integral handles for hoisting yourself up. As wall-mounted taps can be easier to install, go for a tub without tap holes.
How do I maximise impact? Position by floor-to-ceiling windows to recreate the opulence of an indoor pool. Use striking flooring or stone, with recessed LED uplights (rated IP67 for use near water) around the bath’s perimeter, then add designer taps.
Choose a bath with built-in support to maintain its structure. Alternatively, a concrete or metal frame can be added
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FEATURE LINDA CLAYTON PHOTOGRAPH DAVID GILES
IDEAL HOME LOVES… SUNKEN BATHS FOR ANY SPACE
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DECO DETAILS Granley Deco bath in acrylic, L170cm x W70cm, £400, Heritage Bathrooms
CORNER SOLUTION Loop & Friends corner bath in acrylic, L140cm x W140cm, £953, Villeroy & Boch
BACK SUPPORT Reserva single ended bath in acrylic, L170cm x W80cm, £345, Frontline Bathrooms
Get ideas for your sunken bath and ensure the décor gels by visiting a bathroom design specialist – try Ripples or CP Hart.
‘Blocking up a door made this room work’ It’s a big room, but limited wall space made the Sheehans’ bathroom layout tricky. But now, they’ve fitted in everything they hoped for and more…
REVIVED CHAIR ‘I made cushions and painted the legs,’ says Angela. ‘The seat lifts up to store my magazines’
Patterned floor tiles Why should walls take all the glory? A monochrome design will work with any accent colour
Welcome to my home Angela Sheehan lives here with her husband, Dermot. Their grown-up children have left home. THE PROPERTY A six-bed Victorian detached house in Deal, Kent.
‘I wanted a roll-top bath and Dermot wanted a big shower,’ says Angela. ‘By filling in the door to the adjoining dressing room we could fit them in, plus a freestanding cabinet and a chair’ Shakespeare roll-top bath, £280, Victoria Plum. White Chapel Gloss wall tiles, £11.95 per sq m, Walls and Floors
WHAT IT COST Bath and shower.... £937 Basin and vanity..£1,050 Taps......................£780 Loo.........................£787 Tiles.......................£726 Cabinet.................£840 Radiator..................£170 Lighting..................£414 TOTAL..............£5,704
“loveI especially the floor
tiles. Everyone comments on how lovely they look!
HOW ANGELA AND DERMOT DID IT ‘We had a leak from the bathroom into the hall below last year, which pushed us into revamping it. The room had two doors into it, from the landing and the dressing room adjoining our bedroom. With the airing cupboard, that meant we had three doors to work around, so we blocked up the one to the dressing room. This gave us the wall space we needed for a basin unit and
a freestanding cabinet next to it. I felt that a black-and-white scheme would reflect the house’s Victorian heritage, and chose damson as an accent colour to tie in with the colours in our bedroom. The building work took two months, and cost around £4,000 for plumbing, rewiring, tiling and painting. It was money well spent, because we’re really pleased with the outcome.’
INSET MIRROR Saves wall space, fitted into the airing cupboard door
SHEEPSKIN RUG The plushest, perfectly sized bathmat
BELOW ‘I switched from bold wallpaper to a bold floor and, although the patterned floor is vivid, the grey paint calms the room down,’ says Angela Imperial Linea Westminster tall unit in wenge, £840, Ashford Plumbing and Heating Supplies. Walls painted in Pale Steel, £35 for 2.5ltr, Laura Ashley. Black gloss ceramic wide rail border, six for £14.99, Wickes
ANGELA’S HERITAGE GLAMOUR? Turn to page 151 to find out more
ABOVE A quadrant-shaped shower is the best shape for squeezing in behind a door Midas dual shower, £287, Ashford Plumbing and Heating Supplies BELOW ‘I chose this design for the floor tiles because it’s similar to the original Victorian tiles in my porch,’ says Angela Galena Tiles, £33 per sq m, Walls and Floors
FEATURE JANE CRITTENDEN, VANESSA RICHMOND STYLING DILLY ORME PHOTOGRAPHS ALISTAIR NICHOLLS
ABOVE ‘I wanted a traditional feel that’s in keeping with the age of the house,’ says Angela. ‘I had my eye on a beautiful bow-front cabinet I’d seen in a brochure. I splashed out and bought it and this matching vanity unit from the same
range. I spent on this, but saved on the bath and shower’ Imperial Linea Westminster vanity unit and basin, £1,050; Imperial Regent taps, £270; all Ashford Plumbing and Heating Supplies. For a similar chair, try Bouji in Pansy Purple, £179, Made.com
WHAT I LEARNED
an item in the “f leshSeeing is better than buying ‘blind’ online. I wasn’t sure if the wenge furniture was the right colour for my scheme until I tracked down a supplier with a showroom and had a proper look
Make it work for you ANGELA’S STYLE: HERITAGE GLAMOUR Monochrome floor tiles, dusky shades and sparkling accents add a contemporary edge to a classic bathroom
A black-and-white scheme is a timeless choice for a bathroom
FEATURE LISA FAZZANI PHOTOGRAPHS ALISTAIR NICHOLLS
WHERE TO BUY 1. PICTURE Loch Sloy framed print by David Ross, £32, Barker & Stonehouse
5. FLOOR TILES Galena floor tiles, £44.95 per sq m, Walls and Floors
2. WALL LIGHT Pimlico bathroom wall light, £45, Garden Trading
6. ORCHID Cerise pink faux orchid, £11.99, Homescapes
3. LANTERN Etched lantern, £19.99, The Range
7. TOWELS Christy towels in Thistle, from £3.50 for a face cloth, John Lewis
4. RUG Sheepskin rug in black, £34.99, Dunelm
8. BATH Dulwich bath in black, £699, Victoria Plum
TRAVEL OFFERS Explore the sights of the city, on your doorstep
Time to relax in King Street Townhouse’s inﬁnity pool Treat yourself to afternoon tea
Get shucking in Great John Street Oyster Bar…
Raise a glass (or two) in the ArtBar
…or head up to the hotel’s hideaway roof terrace
King Street Townhouse and Great John Street, Manchester TWO-NIGHT STAY FROM £175PP, PLUS CHAMPAGNE AFTERNOON TEA It’s not just the central location that sets these two boutique boltholes apart. Great John Street retains many Victorian features from its days as a school, including large windows and attractive fireplaces. It’s filled with plenty of thoughtful design touches and the highlight is the rooftop lounge, perfect for an evening drink. The larger of the two hotels, King Street Townhouse, occupies a magnificent 19th-century building with similarly eclectic interiors. Head up to the rooftop infinity pool and spa, framing spectacular views of Manchester’s Town Hall clock tower. WE LOVE… The spectacular rooftop infinity pool at King Street Townhouse and the hidden rooftop at Great John Street.
Abbey Hotel, Bath FROM £65PP A NIGHT, PLUS FREE DINING VOUCHER This independently owned hotel in the heart of Bath is the perfect pied-à-terre for a break in one of Britain’s most beautiful cities. Located just a short stroll from the Roman Baths and a stone’s throw from the best shopping in town, the Abbey Hotel is spread across three houses in a Georgian terrace. Owners Ian and Christa Taylor have combined the latest mod cons (such as iPads loaded with local information in each room) and an eclectic collection of art with great service. During your stay, savour superb food in the Allium Restaurant, run by recently appointed head chef Rupert Taylor.
WE LOVE… The central location: the Roman
Baths, bars, shops, sights – even the train station – are all within a short walk.
THE PRICE Two-night stay from £175pp*
THE PRICE From £65pp* (reduced from £80pp)
WHAT’S INCLUDED One night’s accommodation £10 voucher to use in the Allium restaurant
Stay two nights at either King Street Townhouse
or Great John Street Breakfast each day and Champagne afternoon tea Free Wi-Fi Offer applies to stays from 2 January to 31 March 2018, excluding 9, 10, 14, 16 and 17 February
Call 0161 506 9753 quoting TIMEINC OFFER or visit idealhome.tripsmiths.com/kingstreetih
Offer applies from Sunday to Thursday, 1 September to 16 November 2017
Call 01225 616941 quoting the reference TIMEINC OFFER or visit idealhome.tripsmiths. com/abbeyhotelih
TRAVEL OFFERS Fancy a cream tea? Try the Sea Side restaurant and bar
Tranquil views from the treatment room The contemporary decor has a coastal feel
Indoor or outdoor pool: the choice is yours…
*All prices are based on two sharing. All offers are subject to availability. For further information and full booking details, visit the specific online article about each offer.
St Moritz Hotel, Cornwall SAVE 33% ON A THREE-NIGHT STAY, PLUS SPA DISCOUNT The fusty St Moritz Hotel was knocked down a decade ago to make way for this sleek, contemporary upgrade with stellar views over the Camel Estuary and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. Out went the outdated decor and in came oak floors, stylishly furnished rooms and a wonderful Cowshed Spa, two swimming pools, gym, two gourmet restaurants and a bustling bar. The location is equally enticing – Greenaway Beach is at the end of the lane and Rock, Padstow and Polzeath are nearby. It’s the ideal destination whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach stay, indulgent spa break or a family get-together.
WE LOVE… That the hotel is a breath of fresh Cornwall air, the supremely comfortable beds and, of course, the unbeatable location.
A classic countryhouse hotel with a warm welcome
Sink back into the ﬁreside sofas in the lounge
Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, Windermere, Lake District TWO-NIGHT STAY FROM £225PP, PLUS MICHELIN-STARRED DINING You’ll feel completely at home in this family-run country house hotel in the Lake District. All the charming rooms have Lakeland views and there’s plenty of space for relaxation in the elegant lounge or the terraced gardens. Take a walk in the beautiful surrounding countryside then reward yourself with an indulgent treatment in the Lake House Jetty Spa. Enjoy an evening meal at the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant Hrishi, with specialities such as roast Goosnargh duck, given an exotic Asian twist. WE LOVE… That the spa’s Swedish-style treatment room has been raised up into the tree canopy for fabulous views over the private lake.
THE PRICE Three-night stay from £178pp* (reduced from £267pp)
THE PRICE Two-night stay from £225pp* (reduced from £301)
WHAT’S INCLUDED Three nights in a Cosy room Breakfast each day £20 credit towards a Cowshed Spa treatment
Two nights in a standard double room Complimentary dinner on one night in either restaurant (excluding drinks) A muscle soak spa gift
Offer applies for stays between Monday and Thursday from 3 September 2017 until 31 January 2018
Call 01208 245980 quoting the reference TIMEINC OFFER or visit idealhome.tripsmiths. com/stmoritzih
Offer applies on stays between Monday and Thursday, 19 November 2017 to 31 January 2018, excluding 1 December 2017 to 7 January 2018, as well as school and bank holidays
Call 01539 456071 quoting the reference TIMEINC OFFER or visit idealhome.tripsmiths.com/gilpinih
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
â€˜The garden feels like part of our home nowâ€™ Dave and Jane Catchpole reconfigured the layout of their 1920s home, adding a contemporary kitchen extension with glazed bifold doors to help bring the outdoors in
The new contemporary single-storey extension features large bifold doors and is clad in vertical cedar boarding
BEFORE & AFTER
The house was damp and had a tiny kitchen
Cedar cladding Cedar has excellent resistance to rot, warping, bacteria, fungi and mildew
Welcome to our home Dave and Jane Catchpole live here. The couple are retired and have grown-up children.
Four-bedroom detached house in Herefordshire.
Bought in 2012 for £305,000; now worth around £670,000.
WHAT IT COST
Building work and materials…...................….£150,000 Windows and bifolds…....£35,000 Kitchen…............................£10,000 Sanitaryware…...............…£10,000 Landscaping…...................£15,000 Garage…............................£15,000 Decking…...........................£12,000 Contingency fund…….......£37,000 TOTAL............................£284,000
Now we can see the garden through the bifold doors, and our deck serves as an outdoor room
Take a quick tour...
OPEN-PLAN KITCHEN, LIVING AND DINING ROOM
LOW-PROFILE SOFA Keeps sightlines clear through the bifolds
hen Dave and Jane Catchpole bought their Twenties house, the kitchen was cramped, and small-paned singleglazed windows made it cold and dark. ‘We wanted to reconfigure and renovate the whole house to bring it up to date but without sacrificing the character,’ says Jane. ‘We also wanted it to feel much more connected with our one-acre garden.’ NEW LAYOUT The couple moved into the barely
habitable property and camped out there while the layout was redesigned by RRA Architects (rra-arch. com). ‘A kitchen extension, a garage conversion and plenty of glass were all on our wish-list,’ says Jane. ‘We knocked down the wall between the dining room and the kitchen, then extended out into the garden by 4m to make one large kitchen-diner and living space.’ ADDING SPACE The couple moved into rented
accommodation during the summer of 2013 while the eight-month project was completed by a local building contractor. ‘Finding builders was stressful, and the project took longer than planned,’ says Jane. ‘We were lucky that the main roof was in good condition, but the damp course did need to be re-done and we replaced all the windows with double glazing.’ FINISHING TOUCHES Dave and Jane painted the
rendered exterior of the house and finished all the internal decoration themselves. A softwood deck was built, and the extensive garden landscaping took several months to finish. ‘To us it was important to spend time and money on the garden, because it was the reason we bought the house in the first place,’ says Jane. ‘Now we can look out on to the garden through the bifolds, and our deck serves as an outdoor room.’
The super-wide extension has given the couple a bigger kitchen with an open plan dining and seating area
BEFORE & AFTER
5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT…
Paul Davey, decking buyer for Homebase, gives his top tips:
IT TURNS AN OUTSIDE SPACE INTO A ROOM Decking provides a versatile and cost-effective way to extend your living area into the garden. You can create an attractive space for garden furniture, and an outdoor entertaining area, without the need for heavy-duty building work. ABOVE An entire wall of glazed bifold doors connects indoors and outdoors. Dave and Jane planned the interior space to maximise the views
IT IS EASY TO INSTALL Products such as risers (for levelling) and spacers (for consistent gaps) allow decks to be completed with minimum fuss.
PLAN IT OUT FIRST A thorough plan, with deck joists set at the correct centres, can reduce wasted offcuts. Staggering the joins creates a more natural, pleasing look.
FEATURE DEBBIE JEFFERY PHOTOGRAPHS THEMODERNHOUSE.COM
RIGHT The deck is used as an outdoor room with great views of the garden (the couple’s pride and joy) and beyond
WHAT WE LEARNED
Working with an “architect made all the difference, and if we’d hired a project manager to oversee everything the process could have been even smoother
IT CAN BE FITTED TO SUIT YOUR STYLE Whether you’re after a striking or more natural look, decking can create it. Think herringbone patterns, diagonal cuts, or even placing boards at right angles to stand out. Or incorporate planters to create natural screening. Non-slip decking is also available.
IT DOES REQUIRE SOME MAINTENANCE Weather can be a friend to decking if you want a naturally aged finish, but for a fresh look all year round, you’ll need to oil the boards once a year.
PROMOTIONAL FEATURE LET THERE BE LIGHT
As a guide, you should aim for a ratio of between 15-20% of glazing to ﬂoor space to get the ideal amount of light in your loft Roof windows, from £219, VELUX
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loft conversion is a costeffective way to add space to your home and can increase its value by up to 20 per cent. The right roof windows will make the most of the available light, resulting in a bright, airy and inviting space you’ll love spending time in.
A WEALTH OF CHOICE
VELUX has an extensive range of products to suit every project. Choose from a top-hung design that allows for uninterrupted views or opt for automated VELUX INTEGRA® roof windows, which can be programmed to open and close when you wish, helping to maintain a healthy, well-ventilated space. Roof windows can be installed side
by side in the traditional way or, for extra impact, stacked vertically.
Another innovative VELUX product to consider if you want to make a real statement in your loft conversion is the VELUX CABRIO® Balcony, which transforms from a roof window to a balcony in seconds. When it’s closed, it sits ﬂush with the roof just like standard roof windows.
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SWEET SPOT Take in some fresh air and enjoy the views CABRIO® Balcony, from £2,014, VELUX
BEFORE & AFTER
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IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
‘We opened up this tiny cottage’ A small rear extension was all it took to transform Merry and Ben Albright’s home
The cottage had been neglected and was disconnected from the garden
he Albrights’ pretty brick cottage was originally a Victorian worker’s dwelling for a nearby manor house. It had been empty for nearly 10 years before the family moved in. STARTING FROM SCRATCH The cottage had been unsympathetically modernised in the Seventies. ‘Sadly, there were no original features left,’ says Merry. ‘The windows were rotten and the interior featured lots of fake wood and swirly carpets.’ MAKING IT WORK Merry and Ben started by getting the basics in place: ‘It needed new electrics and plumbing,’ says Merry. ‘We wanted to move doors and knock down a couple of walls to make the layout work better, so it made sense to insulate, re-plaster, fit new flooring and replace the kitchen and bathroom at the same time.’
An oak extension with two pairs of French doors and roof lights has made the house so much brighter
Welcome to our home
NEW EXTENSION The big plan,
though, was to build a single-storey oak-framed extension at the back of the house. ‘We demolished the entire external wall of the galley kitchen,’ says Merry, ‘and replaced it with an oak and glass structure.’ They decorated with maximising light in mind: ‘We’ve painted all the walls in the same cream colour to create consistency and a sense of flow through each room. Now the interior feels so much bigger and brighter.’
A semi-detached twobedroom cottage in north Herefordshire.
Merry Albright lives here with her husband Ben and their children Minnie, 12, and Gabriel, eight.
Bought for £140,000; now worth £250,000.
WHAT IT COST
Oak frame….....£15,000 Windows…….....£10,000 Kitchen…….........£4,000 Rooﬁng….…........£1,000 Materials..........£45,000 Other…...............£5,000
It has doubled the size of the kitchen and flooded the entire house with light
BEFORE & AFTER Extending has given the cottage a more open feel, with spaces that ﬂow into each other
5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT…
ABOVE The new extension makes a perfect open-plan dining space, with tongue-andgroove on the ceiling for a country feel LEFT Merry has used the same paint colour in the rear room and the original living room at the front, to connect the old and new spaces visually
Extending with oak Nik Priday, head of design at Border Oak, has the lowdown
IT IS DRAMATIC Oak-framed extensions are perfect for creating glazed living spaces, with vaulted ceilings and exposed timbers adding impact and volume which makes even a small garden room feel spacious.
IT ADDS VALUE Building with oak can be more expensive, but a well-designed oak extension will add value to a house. Designing the extension as an independent structure that doesn’t rely on the main house for support tends to be easier and cheaper. IT COMES IN SECTIONS Oak sections are made off-site and delivered. Larger components may need to be craned into place.
WHAT WE LEARNED
IT AGES BEAUTIFULLY Oak ages and seasons naturally, weathering to a soft-silver colour if left untreated. Cracks can appear in the wood, adding further character.
There’s a lot you can do to “make a small property feel bigger. Kitchen wall cupboards can make a room look crowded, so instead we added freestanding antique pieces which we can change to vary the look
IT IS ADAPTABLE Designs may be traditional or contemporary to suit virtually any home and meet the expectations of planners. They can be clad in a range of materials, including render, weatherboarding, brick or stone.
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Keep your home running smoothly and stress levels low with these clever finds and fixes THE BIFOLD BLINDS Struggling to find blinds or curtains that’ll fit your bifolds? Check out the ClickFIT range from online blinds experts Blinds2Go. Each blind is made-to-measure so doors can open right back without the blinds getting in the way. And the best bit? They’re super easy to install – a slim bracket simply clips onto your window frame. Available in 12 shades.
THE NO-SPACE BEDSIDE LAMPS
Bifold ClickFIT blinds, from £30.50 for W40cm x Drop40cm, Blinds2Go
THE TIGHT-SQUEEZE SHELF
Space strapped peeps would benefit from the neat ‘twofer’ shelf light.
Lililite, £133, Lililite.com
THE CLAMP LAMP
Ideal Home tip Double the life of veg and salads by popping a Nanology Fruit & Veg Saver (£3.99 for three, Ocado) in the fridge. They absorb the gas that these foods emit when they ripen THE INSULATED LUNCHBOX If you (or your kids) don’t have a fridge at work or school, the Aladdin insulated lunchbox will keep food cold (or hot) for up to two hours. Plus, the lid is attached, so you’ll never lose it. £12.99, Aladdin range, Amazon
THE ALL-IN-ONE CLEANING KIT Kids off to uni this month? Ensure they keep their digs clean by packing them off with the Vileda University Kit in hand. Featuring the brilliant SuperMocio 3Action XL mop and bucket set, as well as a dustpan and brush, all-purpose cloth, dishcloth and a scourer, the whole lot is priced at £17.99 when you buy as a bundle, vileda.co.uk.
This stylish plug-in lamp can be clamped onto a shelf, bedframe… wherever! Noc light, £109, Hay range, Liberty
THE BATTERY BULB
Hang this battery-operated beauty from a hook above your bed. Drag light in Yellow, £5, Hema
THE BEST NEW LAUNDRY LIQUIDS
THE PET BARRIER Sick of the dog running mud and dirt through the house after a wet walk in the park? Do your home a favour and get a Quick Install Pet barrier, £24.99 from Argos. Much like a baby safety gate, it’ll keep Fido confined to a room of your choice, giving them time to dry off.
3 1 Persil Powergems in Bio and Non-Bio, from £5 for a 12-wash pack, Waitrose 2 Method Concentrated laundry liquid, £10 for a 39-wash pack, Sainsbury’s 3 Barfly detergent, £14.95 for 750ml, Scotch & Soda
Ideal Home tip Save your outdoor tap from freezing over this winter with the clever insulated tap cover, £5.99, Lakeland
THE NEAT NOTICEBOARD
Need to get organised for the new school year, want somewhere to keep track of boring bills, or just want to display your favourite pics? One of the fun and superpractical CorkFrame noticeboards from Red Candy will do the job nicely. As it’s made from cork, you can pin notes onto every surface and it also features a neat cubby shelf for pens, keys and everything else. Available in three sizes. CorkFrame noticeboard, from £70 for a H47.5cm x W47.5cm square size, Red Candy.
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THE DIY LOG MAKER The Eco briquette maker, £24.95 from Ludlow Stoves, makes it easy to heat your home by turning newspapers into fireplace fuel. Soak the paper in water, place in the briquette maker and leave to dry. Each briquette will burn for up to two hours.
THE ADJUSTABLE PILLOW
If you like to switch between a soft pillow and a firmer one, check out the brilliant Studio by Silentnight pillow. Just £49, it boasts a clever inner pillow system with seven layers of comfort, so you can adjust it by removing or adding layers quickly and easily to get a restful night’s sleep.
THE CAMERA DOORBELL If you want to add an extra layer of security to your home, the Ring video doorbell lets you see and chat to the person at your front door, at home or from your desk at work, via a free app on your smartphone. Boasting an HD camera with a two-way talk function and night vision, it’s also weather resistant, and can be either battery or mains operated.
Video doorbell, £159, Ring.com
Hegemone is a twist on a classic ﬂoral trail
Inspired by a fabric, Atacama will bring a room to life
Subtle Helleborus is Farrow & Ball’s largest wallpaper motif
ADD FLAIR WITH A FLORAL WALLPAPER
Farrow & Ball reveal three new wallpapers with elegant botanical designs that will help to turn your home into a tranquil retreat
nown for its handcrafted wallpapers and richly pigmented paints, Farrow & Ball has been transforming homes, old and new, large and small, since 1946. This autumn, the company has launched three distinctive new wallpaper designs, inspired by the belief that, just as the garden can have a calming effect outside, so too can a beautiful floral wallpaper inside. The range includes: Atacama, which has a busy, playful botanical print with rich textures for the ultimate escapism at home; Hegemone, that’s less rigid and
defined than a classic floral pattern, with flowers blooming freely in all directions; and Helleborus, featuring the largest motif that Farrow & Ball has designed to date, characterised by expressive petals and a sense of fluidity.
SIMPLY THE BEST
Made in Dorset, Farrow & Ball wallpaper is hand crafted using the company’s eco-friendly, water-based paints and printed using age-old methods onto the finest quality paper to create a tactile finish. The new designs will be available in
a choice of seven colourways, from muted neutrals to expressive brights, starting from £86 per roll, from 7 September 2017.
FOR MORE INFORMATION...
See the full range by Farrow & Ball and order free wallpaper samples at farrow-ball.com/wallpaper
CLEAN IT QUICKER THE LIVING ROOM Deep-clean it, ready for a winter of cosy entertaining and box-set bingeing
THE DUST BUSTER Practise your forehand swing by bashing out the dust from your rugs using this handy carpet beater.
THE SCREEN WIPES See all those small child-sized greasy fingerprints that pepper your TV screen? These clever wipes will ensure you’ll never set eyes on them again.
THE CORDLESS CLEANER The rechargeable battery on the Vax Blade 32V vacuum will run for 45 minutes – ample time to rid floors and corners of dirt and cobwebs.
£3 for 100, Fellowes range, Wilko
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£3.49 for a pack of 20, Lakeland
Before you start using cleaning products, give your skirting, curtains, blinds, light fixtures and fittings a quick once over with your vacuum cleaner
THE ALL-NATURAL POLISH Free from chemical nasties, this fragrance-free furniture polish will get your tabletops looking as good as new.
THE CURTAIN FRESHENER The Vaporetto Handy Pocket steam cleaner features a host of attachments to help you get windows sparkling, as well as freshen up curtains and blinds.
THE LAMPSHADE REVIVER Restore your lampshades from grubby to gorgeous with this clever little cleaning sponge. It’s also great for use on wallpaper and fabrics like suede.
£167, Polti range, Tesco Direct
£7, Dry Magic range, John Lewis
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THE STAIN ELIMINATORS Wipe away marks and stains from carpets, rugs and upholstery with these brilliantly versatile wipes.
THE NOOKS & CRANNIES BRUSH This luxe double-ended goat hair duster is perfect for those hard-to-reach places that are a magnet to dust bunnies. £64, The Laundress range, Selfridges
READER OFFER Add a bold splash of colour with the Bluebellgray Big Rothesay mural
Combine the Copacabana wallpaper and matching cushion for a fun mono ﬁnish
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STORE & ORGANISE HALLWAY Clear that avalanche of outerwear and make sure your hall makes the right kind of ﬁrst impression with these smart storage ﬁxes THE MULTITASKER If you have space for one piece in your hallway, get this smart Pinnig unit from Ikea. With space to sling coats, scarves, hats and shoes, you can also secure it to the wall for safety. £69, Ikea
THE TELEPHONE BENCH The super smart Jensen storage bench will provide the perfect spot for a home phone, while the handy drawer is a bonus. £199, Made.com THE SHELF MIRROR A shelf for keys and today’s mail, a check-before-youleave-the-house mirror and a neat row of hooks for bags or scarves. £150, Cox & Cox
THE HANDY HOOKS A row of extra hooks is always useful in a hallway – make a feature of them with this stylish gold-effect marble set. £10 for two, Sainsbury’s
Ideal Home tip Get more storage from a hall cupboard: the threetier over door organiser, £21.99 from Argos will let you pack in even more
THE BROLLY HOLDER Simple and stylish, the Hub umbrella stand will avoid soggy brollies being walked through the house. Available in three colourways. £40, Umbra range, Black by Design THE LEAD STATION Thanks to this cute dog lead hook, you’ll have a dedicated spot to hang up Fido’s lead post-walkies – meaning coats won’t smell of wet dog again, and giving it a place to dry out. £20, Store
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THE WELLY STATION Parking your muddy wet wellies on a nice clean shoe rack isn’t the smartest move - use this boot tray instead. £11, The Holding Company
THE SMALL STUFF SORTER If finding a matching pair of gloves is impossible, snap up a couple of Marlow storage baskets to sort your knitwear. £10 for two, B&Q
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TECH SUPPORT HOW TO PROTECT YOUR KIDS ONLINE Chances are your children know more about the internet than you do, but it’s your responsibility to keep them safe online. Don’t worry, with a little bit of know-how, it’s possible to take control, while still allowing them enough freedom to enjoy it safely
How can I prevent my kids accessing inappropriate content online? All respectable internet service providers (ISP) offer free parental controls. These cover all computers, laptops, games consoles, smartphones and tablets, and give you the opportunity to filter and block access to sites with unsuitable content, or even set timers to limit surfing. Mobile providers also offer extensive filters, so your kids are protected away from home, too.
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How can I turn on parental controls? Security controls can be found under ‘Settings’ on your ISP’s website homepage (sky.com, bt.com, etc), as well as on your web browser (Google, Safari, Bing, etc). Log in to your account and follow the instructions. If you use Apple devices, you’ll find them under ‘System Preferences’ and for Microsoft, you can set up a Family account via account. microsoft.com/family.
What about social media? Popular sites like Facebook, Snapchat and YouTube require you to be at least 13 to join, yet there’s no real way of policing this. When you are happy for your kids to have an account, you can limit their exposure to unsuitable content and attention. On Snapchat, find the security settings via the ‘Ghost’ logo and if you don’t want your children receiving pictures and videos from strangers, make sure they can only accept media
Ideal Home tip The NSPCC’s website net-aware.org.uk profiles popular social media apps and sites, offering advice and simple ways to improve security, with shared information from both informed adults and web-savvy kids. from their approved ‘Friends’. Look for the ‘?’ symbol on Facebook and you’ll find all the security settings. We recommend only allowing ‘Friends’ to view their personal information, and making sure that photos or videos uploaded are viewable by ‘Friends’ only. To keep pics from being public on Instagram, set the account to ‘Private’ and switch off ‘geo-tagging’ location services, so their whereabouts can’t be tracked. On YouTube we recommend YouTube Kids for pre-teens,
which has been designed as a safe space for younger kids, while for older children, turn on ‘Restricted Mode’, which blocks mature content. It needs to be activated on any device (tablet, phone, laptop) your child uses.
How can I limit the amount of time they spend online? WebCurfew and NetNanny are subscription software packages that let you set time and duration limits on your child’s device. They also filter website access and monitor the sites they visit.
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LAUNDRY TECH 5 BEST STEAM IRONS Speed through the ironing pile with one of these hard-working crease busters. There’s more power behind the steam these days – check out the g/min number (grammes of steam produced per minute) for an idea of how much you’re getting for your money
THE DESIGNER-STYLE BARGAIN An award-winning matt white design with a 100g/min continuous steam output and supersmooth soleplate. And the smart temperature control system means there’s no need to switch settings when you change fabrics.
THE DELICATE TOUCH Gorgeous looks with a performance to match, this easy-to-store steam generator has an ultra-light iron with an exceptionally smooth soleplate that glides equally well over silk or denim, while the powerful 120g/min steam blasts away stubborn creases without the risk of scorching your delicates.
IS5042 E Carestyle 5 steam station iron, £79.20, Braun
GC7619/20 Perfect Care pure steam generator iron, £119, Philips
4 THE SPEEDY DE-CREASER Upright steamers like this are used by clothes shops to keep their stock crease-free. Place the item on the hanger, use the steam wand on the fabric, and creases fall out. The stand is telescopic for easy storage and its three accessories include a handy lint pad for refreshing lightly worn clothes.
3 THE CITY SLICKER Weighing a little more than a basic iron, but offering continuous steam, with a soleplate that won’t leave shiny marks on dark fabrics, this is a hugely practical choice. Four AntiCalc cleaning modes make it a wise buy for hard-water areas.
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Sensixx ProHygienic TDI9080GB, £99, Bosch
IS6200 compact valet garment steamer, £99, Rowenta
5 THE COMPACT GENERATOR This purple powerhouse is a compact steam generator at a great price, especially when you consider its bright, easy-read digital display and ‘smart’ mode that chooses the best setting for your fabric automatically; a super-handy feature usually found only on premium models. SGA7126P, £89.99, Beko
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hese magniﬁcent allium bulbs produce an explosion of colour, followed by architectural seed heads that create a spectacular autumn display. Undemanding and easy to grow, these allium ﬂowers are also excellent for cutting.
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These hardy Russian snowdrops make a stunning alternative to traditional spring bulbs. Grow them in borders and rockeries, or naturalise them in grass.
From modern breeding, Iris ‘Metallic Mixture’ is hardy and easy to grow in beds, borders and containers. The architectural blooms are borne on strong, straight stems, making superb cut ﬂowers.
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FOOD WITH FRIENDS
Make-at-home fish suppers Re-create the nation’s favourite takeaway, but give it a twist with these easy and tasty ideas…
Gourmet fish finger and tartare open sarnie See page 181 for recipe
Healthy fish & chips See page 181 for recipe
Crispy salmon fishcakes See page 181 for recipe
IDEAL HOME LOVES
Posh pop CLASSIC FLAVOUR Fever Tree Madagascan cola, £1.69 for 500ml, Ocado
NICE AND SPICY Belvoir fresh root ginger beer, £2.40 for 750ml, Sainsbury’s
REFRESHING TIPPLE Fentimans Victorian lemonade, £1.19 for 275ml, Waitrose
QUI K TARTAR
Beer battered fish & chips See page 181 for recipe
FAST & EASY TARTARE SAUCE Put together this classic condiment in moments In a small bowl, mix 6tbsp mayonnaise with 1tbsp rinsed capers, 4 finely chopped gherkins, 2tbsp chopped parsley and 2tsp lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper and serve in paper ramekins.
Speedy coleslaw See page 181 for recipe
IDEAL HOME TIP Try substituting cod and salmon for more sustainable fish such as coley, pollock and hake
Pål is a traditional Norwegian ﬁsherman. But he won’t mind if you cook something more modern. How about haddock ﬁllets and salsa verde served on a parsley mash? Quick, simple and perfect for something different in the middle of the week. For the full recipe, visit seafoodfromnorway.co.uk @norwayseafood
Gourmet fish finger and tartare open sarnie Takes 30min Serves 4
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INGREDIENTS 400g skinless, boneless cod ﬁllets, cut into thick strips 4tbsp plain ﬂour 150g breadcrumbs Zest of 1 lemon 2 eggs, beaten 4tbsp sunﬂower oil 2 mini ciabatta, halved 4tbsp tartare sauce (see recipe on previous page) Rocket Put the fish pieces into a large bowl and add the plain flour. Season well and toss together until the fish pieces are well coated. In a separate bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs and lemon zest. Dip each fish piece in the beaten egg, then in the breadcrumbs to coat. Heat the oil in a large nonstick pan until hot. Add the fish fingers and fry for 3-4min until golden and cooked through. Make the tartare sauce. Slice and toast the ciabatta, spread with the tartare sauce, sprinkle with rocket and top with fish fingers to serve.
from the remainder 300g kale 40g Greek yogurt 4tsp capers 4 gherkins, chopped 1tbsp parsley, chopped Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/Gas 6. Put the celeriac on a tray lined with baking parchment, toss in olive oil and bake for 20min. Place the salmon on another baking tray, greased with a little olive oil. Top each fillet with a lemon slice and squeeze over the juice from the rest of the lemon. Bake for 10min. Spread the kale out on another tray, drizzle with olive oil and bake for 7-10min until turning crispy. Mix together the yogurt, capers, gherkins and parsley to serve as a dip with the fish, chips and kale.
Crispy salmon fishcakes Takes 30min Serves 4
Healthy fish and chips
INGREDIENTS salmon ﬁllets, diced 400g ready-made mash 3 spring onions, chopped small handful chopped parsley zest and juice 1 lemon 2tbsp polenta 30g mixed seeds
INGREDIENTS 400g celeriac, peeled and cut into chips 4 tbsp olive oil 4 x 100g salmon ﬁllets 1 lemon – cut 4 slices off one half, then squeeze juice
Preheat the oven to 200°C/ 180°C fan/Gas 6. Mix together the salmon, mash, spring onion, parsley and lemon zest. Add the lemon juice and season, then shape into 8 equal-sized
fishcakes. Sprinkle the polenta and seeds onto a plate and roll the fishcakes in the mixture to coat evenly. Transfer the fishcakes to a baking tray, lined with baking parchment, and bake for 20min, turning halfway through, until they are golden brown and crisp. Alternatively, you can fry them in sunflower oil for around 5min each side. Serve with the tartare sauce recipe on the previous page.
Beer battered fish & chips
Takes 40min Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 1kg potatoes, cut into wedges 1tbsp sunﬂower oil 115g plain ﬂour 1tsp baking powder 1tsp salt 150ml beer, light ale or lager, chilled Sunﬂower or groundnut oil for deep-frying 4 x 175g white ﬁsh ﬁllets, coated in seasoned ﬂour
Takes 35min Serves 4
large deep pan or deep-fat fryer to 180°C. Dip two of the fillets in the batter to coat, then lower into the hot oil. Fry for 6-7min until the batter is crisp and golden. Drain on kitchen paper and keep warm while frying the remaining fillets. Meanwhile, make the tartare sauce recipe on the previous page and serve it alongside the fish and chips.
Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan/Gas 7. Place the potatoes in salted, boiling water for 5min, then drain. Toss in oil, season, and place on a tray in the oven for 15-20min. Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl and stir in the salt. Make a well in the centre and whisk in the beer, light ale or lager to make a batter the consistency of double cream. Heat the oil in a
Speedy coleslaw Takes 2min Serves 4
INGREDIENTS 150g red cabbage, thinly sliced 2 large carrots, grated 4 spring onions, sliced ½ red onion, thinly sliced 4tbsp plain yogurt 2tbsp mayonnaise Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl until the vegetables are well coated with the sauce. Chill before serving.
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